Much like his comments on the NHL Scouting Combine
, the 20-year-old said he’s happy his Development Camp experiences are a thing of the past, but emphasized that his first summer in Boston helped prepare him for his first professional training camp.
“At the time it definitely wasn’t a lot of fun,” Seguin recalled of development camp. "It was pretty challenging.
“I think in the end though it really helped you get a perspective of what an NHL camp would be like.”
During Bruins development camp the players often participate in three-workouts a day, both on and off the ice, something Seguin likened to military style conditioning.
“To be honest I thought I was going to have to be able to, you know, be in an army to make the Bruins, because development was pretty tough,” Seguin said.
Seguin actually wasn’t too far off in his military comparison; Eric Kapitulik, who had designed a leadership training program for the 2010 Development Camp
, is an ex-Marine Corps Special Operations Officer.
And while each of the B's summer sojourns has been different, the schedule always helps to prepare the Boston's prospects for both the mental and physical demands of the National Hockey League.
“It’s about being a professional both on and off the ice,” Seguin added, in reference to "Dev Camp's" many off-ice experiences. “Just little things that help you be more mentally and physically prepared to step into the NHL.”
In addition to the daily skates and lifts, the players participate in community events and team-building exercises.
Some of the community events in 2010 included playing air hockey and videogames with residents of a nursing home, helping children plant sunflower seeds at a library as well as instructing Pee Wee hockey players.
Seguin said these were some of the most fun and rewarding aspects of camp.
“Whether it was all of the team building stuff that we did just with random people [from the group]… you know, two days later you walk out and you’ve got a new best friend,” he said. “That’s how it works in the NHL, as well.”
For many prospects, camp is the first opportunity to meet other players from around the world.
Some have previously been teammates and others have been rivals, but they must all learn to share the ice in healthy competition. Team-building aspects of development camp often give players a sense of camaraderie a common goal.
“It’s a little weird, but in the end if you look at our team, we’re from everywhere,” Seguin said. “Now we’re all a bunch of brothers.”
But it’s more than personal relationships; Seguin mentioned how chemistry built in Bruins Development Camp transfers onto the ice at the professional level.
“Development camp helps you show, you know, what you’re going to do as a team when you make the NHL,” he said.---Joe Gallagher contributed to this report.