|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. |
Believe it or not, despite it being the first day for veterans to officially report to camp, it was one of the sleepier days of training we have seen in a couple of weeks.
With the rookies in Ristuccia for a workout, and with today's practice being optional for the NHLers, there wasn't much hoopla when the first group hit the ice at 9 a.m.
But as the ice filled up, fans filtered into the TD Banknorth Garden to watch Zdeno Chara
lead a group that included P.J. Axelsson
, Sean Curry, Nate DiCasmirro, Andrew Ference
, Jeff Hoggan, Jordan Sigalet, Martins Karsums, David Krejci
, Marc Savard
, Mark Stuart, Tim Thomas
and Dennis Wideman.
Paula, the yellow jersied superfan, members of the Boston Junior Bruins and the rest of the fans in attendance got a kick out of Savvy's antics, especially when he sprayed Phil Kessel with a water bottle as the latter waited for the second group to take the ice.
Phil was displeased with his compatriot, but Mr. Savard saw fit to talk about Training Camp with me. Click the link
to hear Savvy. Marc Savard
The first group worked through several drills before switching to a 3-on-3 game in one offensive zone. Then, that group came off the ice and the media were able to talk to some of the guys as they cooled down.
"Not really," said Axelsson when asked whether coming to training camp was getting old. "We've been off for so long, you kind of look forward to it every year."
What keeps the experience fresh?
"Just meeting the guys," said P.J. "It's nice to get it going again."
Defenseman Matt Lashoff, who hasn't been to as many training camps as his veteran colleague, echoed his sentiments. Getting ready for his own on-ice stint, the young blue liner was very happy to move forward into the 2007-08 season.
"Oh yah! It's good to get everything going now," said Lashoff. "Those shinny skates get old and now it's starting to heat up, which is really good.
"It's exciting…and I am trying to have some fun with it."
Matt had a few moments to sit down and tape a podcast with me, too. Matt Lashoff
The second squad had a little more difficult time putting together some meaningful competition, but only because one goalie was there at the onset.
Aaron Ward led that group, which included Bobby Allen, Patrice Bergeron
, Brandon Bochenski, Mike Brown, Chris Collins, Matt Hendricks, Phil Kessel, Matt Lashoff, Petteri Nokelainen, Jeremy Reich, Jordan Sigalet, Nate Thompson, and T.J. Trevelyan
It was a pretty light workout for the second group, as well -- until Manny Fernandez
showed up and there was a little more life to the show. But it was clearly just a day to get acquainted and get comfortable.By the way…
Everyone was wearing the new Reebok practice jerseys and socks.
I joked with P.J. that he looked very fast in his new gear. Mr. Reich overheard and asked if he looked faster. I agreed that he had. Nate T. chimed in and I told him that he was actually pretty slow out there, despite the new gear -- Nate didn't like that very much.
But he did agree to sit down and talk with me for a podcast, so click the link to listen to that conversation. Nate Thompson
And I shouldn't forget…
| Metropolit, left, attempts a wrap-around goal on Edmonton Oilers' Dwayne Roloson. (AP Photo/John Ulan,CP) |
Glen Metropolit, who played with the St. Louis Blues and Atlanta Thrashers last season, joined the B's Training Camp crew after signing a professional tryout agreement.
Metropolit scored 14 goals and added 19 assists for 33 points last season.Fan Fest Forecast
For those of you who are planning to attend activities here at the Garden this weekend, please be sure to check the Bruins information line at 617-624-1910 for news about changes to festivity plans due to inclement weather, and also
to confirm practice schedules.