BostonBruins.com - There is never a bad time for a little off-ice team bonding during the grind of an 82-game hockey season.
But Halloween brings out the perfect opportunity for such an outing.
The Bruins made sure to take advantage of the holiday prior to their trip to Detroit late last week, as they came together for the team's annual Halloween gathering.
"Not that we need it, but it's another excuse for the team to bond and get together and have some fun away from the rink," said Bruins defenseman Torey Krug, who ditched his Spoked-B sweater for a Zebra costume during the animal-themed festivities.
"Our schedule can be pretty stressful and time consuming, so any time you get away from it it's fun. It was nice to get together outside of the rink.
"When you're away from the rink, that can help you when you show up back at the rink. It helps you relax a little bit and maybe that's what we need."
Krug, however, almost didn't have a costume. He and his wife Melanie were planning to be Sharks from the Katy Perry Super Bowl Halftime show, but only one of the costumes arrived on time.
Thankfully, John-Michael Liles, who along with his wife Erin dressed as monkeys, came to the rescue.
"All the wives got together, some of the players talked about doing an animal theme," said Krug. "We ordered Katy Perry Shark from the Super Bowl halftime show - we ordered a few of them.
"Only one showed up, so Melanie got to wear that and I wore a Zebra costume. John-Michael Liles had an extra costume laying around for me."
So, which Bruins had the best costumes?
"There were a lot of good ones," said Krug. "Zdeno [Chara] was a giraffe. I was a big fan of the Bergerons being panda bears. They looked good…they always do, though."
Some players liked their costumes so much they didn't want to take them off.
"[Matt Beleskey] was well put together," Krug said of the winger, who was dressed as the Big Bad Wolf. "He still has it on right now, the eye liner and all that."