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Swinging into the Season

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOLTON, Mass. -- Monday was a beautiful September day in New England and Boston's championship hockey team spent much of it golfing in the Boston Bruins Foundation's 8th Annual Golf Tournament held again this year at The International Golf Club & Resort in Bolton, Massachusetts.

Now a staple on the B's calendar, the tournament serves as a kick off to the season and offers fans the chance to play golf with a Bruin.

The golfer's day began with a photo shoot where attendees could take a picture with players (and, of course, the Stanley Cup) prior to their round.

The rest of the day saw the participants enjoying the sunny weather as they made their way around the course.

"It's beautiful, we're not getting poured on, and I got a good group of guys," said Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference as he headed to the first hole of the Oaks course.

Ference (who hasn't golfed since last year's event) and some of his other teammates on the Bruins may not be big golfers, but that doesn't mean they aren't having fun. Forward Brad

Marchand, for one, played with some fans from Providence, and was surprised with how well he golfed.

"I thought I'd be a lot worse," he said. "So I'm happy.

"We're having a lot of fun."

But as the B's Foundation tournament came to a close, the Bruins focus turned from the fun towards their preparations for the next stage of the preseason: the start of training camp, which opens on Friday, September 16th.

In the interim, will continue to participate in informal skate sessions to get themselves ready for camp.

"I'm excited to skate on Tuesday and Wednesday," said forward David Krejci. "Camp starts Friday so we'll see on Thursday, maybe I'll take a day off and relax because that might be the last day off I can get for a while."

Although the players know things are about to get more intense with the start of camp, they're ready and excited for it.

"It should be fun," said goalie Tuukka Rask.

---Amanda Ostuni
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