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Stream of consciousness...

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
First impressions and reflections of a rookie writer at the last day of Bruins rookie training camp:

  • After a long hot summer, the sounds of pucks, sticks and checks were a welcome departure from the everyday din.
  • Ristuccia Memorial Arena might just be the coldest place on Earth.
  • Man, do I love hockey…
Rookie Scrimmage...
Ladies and gentlemen, Phil Kessel is the real deal and this writer is a true believer in the mojo. His three goals could just have easily been six goals and wherever there was action – there was Kessel, Kessel, Kessel. Stand up New England hockey fans, take notice, jump on board and enjoy the ride.

Just for example, today’s scrimmage looked sort’ve like this: Pile up in front, Kessel in the right place at the right time. A big swarm of players cycling, Kessel in the right place at the right time. You understand the drill. The kid was just simply the dominant personality in the game and the other players on his Black clad team fed off of his enthusiasm.

Although he must’ve been pleased with his performance in camp thus far, after the scrimmage, talking with the media, Kessel seemed the most pleased that he no longer had to truck his way to college classes through the Minnesota tundra. “My girlfriend who still goes to school…she’s jealous that I no longer have to do papers anymore,” said a wide grinned Kessel. “I am happy about that.”

AND, as mentioned elsewhere in the media, everyone else with a last name beginning with K had a great day and has had a really decent camp. Beyond Kessel, Petr Kalus (had a goal today), David Krejci (solid forechecking), and Martins Karsums (goal) all provided the many spectators on hand fodder for their hockey imaginations and several rounds of applause cascaded down to the ice.

Goalie Jordan Sigalet, late of the Providence Bruins, comported himself well, flashing his (very) yellow pads deftly, and keeping Team White scoreless for most of the scrimmage before being bested by Karsums. Although, truth be told, the shooters might have been blinded beforehand from his equipment’s golden glow.

By the way, they did keep score. Led by Kessel’s hat trick, Team Black bested Team White 6-1.

Did I mention how cold it was in Ristuccia Rink?

“I thought the scrimmage today was the best of the whole week,” said an optimistic head coach Dave Lewis. “The score was a bit one sided, but one player [Kessel] got three goals so that does have an impact. But there were a lot of positives out there.”

Nice to see many local college ice hockey put on the spoked B: Peter Hafner, former captain of the Harvard Crimson, Chris Collins and Ned Havern formerly of Boston College, Jay Pemberton from Providence College, and Mike Hartwick formally of Darmouth College.

Sigalet. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Furthermore, Eagle fans will be happy to know that Collins showed some skill early, flashing some speed down the right side and firing a puck off Sigalet. Collins continued to harass Sigalet throughout the game while Hafner got in on the action as well, blocking a shot and made himself a nuisance to the opposing forwards.

“Hello,” Nate Thompson. The Anchorage, Alaska native, who also played with Providence last season, hit everything out there today, showed some offensive talent and generally livened up the festivities.

Final cuts from the rookie squad were made today following the conclusion of rookie camp with the Bruins making 19 assignments. The rest of the vets arrive tomorrow. Click here for the full roster.

Moving on…
Full camp begins tomorrow at Ristuccia with veterans reporting for physicals and taking the ice for a short time beginning at 11:15 a.m. Keep checking for the latest updates and make sure to check the schedule before you head out to the arena.

Most importantly…
Individual game tickets for the upcoming season will go on sale Thursday, Sept. 14 beginning at 11:00 a.m. Tickets will be available online, at the TD Banknorth Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 617.624.BEAR. Visit the Garden Box Office to purchase your tickets and meet current players including Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, and Marc Savard, plus appearances by Bruins alumni. *Free parking will also be available in the players’ lot!

Autograph Session Schedule - Sept. 14, Garden Box Office
(limit one item per person, per player; schedule subject to change)
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Terry O’Reilly
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Marco Sturm, Zdeno Chara, and P.J. Axelsson
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Patrice Bergeron, Brad Boyes, and Marc Savard
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Hannu Toivonen and Tim Thomas
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Head Coach Dave Lewis

*Free parking available in the players’ lot only, located on Causeway Street. Space is limited and is subject to availability. Free parking not valid at the North Station Garage or surrounding lots.
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