|John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker. |
Lost in some of the news yesterday was the fact that defenseman Denis Reul was taken by the (semi local) Lewiston MAINEiacs in the CHL Import Player Draft. The MAINEiacs are the closest CHL team to Boston and ply their trade in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League out of nearby Lewiston, Maine.
The press release from Lewistonhockey.com (the MAINEiacs website) is below:
The Lewiston MAINEiacs pulled the trigger to trade with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies to secure the rights of big German defenseman Denis Reul in today’s 2008 CHL European Draft.
The MAINEiacs and the Huskies switched first round picks, which saw Lewiston move up from the 18th slot to the 15th position. The MAINEiacs also sent a 5th round selection in the 2008 QMJHL Entry Draft to the Huskies as part of the deal.
With the 15th selection in today’s CHL European Draft, the Lewiston MAINEiacs blueline just got a little bigger for next season. Denis Reul is a towering 6’4” 213 pound defenseman who was selected by the Boston Bruins in the 5th round (130th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The soon to be 18-year old played last season with the Heilbronn Falcons of Germany's 3rd Upper League. Reul was also a member of Team Germany at the 2007 Under-18 World Championships.
“This was our guy”, commented Ed Harding, interim general manager of the Lewiston MAINEiacs. “It was necessary to make the deal with Rouyn-Noranda to ensure that we could select Reul and bolster our defense with size, skill and toughness. We now have a defensive corps that could potentially remain in tact for the next 2 seasons”.
Also taken was fellow future Bruin D-man Radim Ostrcil, who will join the Ottawa 67's.
Here is the release from Ottawa67s.com:
The Ottawa 67's have added Defenseman Radim Ostrcil to the organization.
|Radim Ostrcil |
Radim a Czech Republic native stands at 6 feet, weighing 194lbs born 15.01.89. Radim is a offensive defenseman who sees the ice well. Radim was also drafted to the Boston Bruins in the 6th round of the 2007 NHL entry draft.
Brian Kilrea- 'We are pleased to have selected Radim, our scouts were impressed with his play in the world under 18 tournament. We had hoped that we would have the opportunity to select him and we did… we are very pleased."
Contacted in his office in the TD Banknorth Garden, Bruins Director of Player Development, Don Sweeney, was pleased with both developments.
"It's a great opportunity," said Sweeney. "Lewiston being the closest CHL team to us we will have plenty of opportunities to see Denis and we are looking forward to working with the Lewiston coaches.
|Denis Reul |
"We were pleasantly surprised to see him still there in the fifth round and it's an opportunity for him to be developing in our backyard."
Ostrcil goes to one of the most famous squads in major junior hockey.
"One of our scouts had some input as to getting Radim into an area where we can keep a close eye on him," said Sweeney. "These kids are making a serious commitment by leaving their respective countries and deciding to play in the CHL."
And the success of both junior clubs can't be overlooked. Lewiston, a relative newcomer to the CHL scene is quickly becoming a powerhouse, while Ottawa has been the site of some legendary success over the years as well.
"Hall of Fame Coach (Brian) Kilrea has done a great job developing players for a long, long time in Ottawa," said Sweeney. "And with Lewiston going to the Memorial Cup last year, they're organization has some momentum going on their side.
"It's a great opportunity for both of those kids."