WILMINGTON, MA – At Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA Bruins hopefuls have been giving it their all on and off the ice.
For 21-year old Zach Trotman, who just signed an entry-level contract with the club this past March, the experience is no different.
“I definitely [want to work on] foot speed, skating, work on my balance,” said the defenseman. “As a bigger guy, that’s a huge part of my game and if I can skate with the little guys it’s gonna be a huge step towards making it to the next level.”
Even though he’s no stranger to development camp, coming back for his third year in a row, Trotman is still feeling the burn.
“Sore. That’s pretty much it,” he said after finishing the third day of camp. “We’re all working hard, kind of digging through practice. It’s rough getting up in the morning but once you get on the ice and you get going it makes it a lot easier.”
Trotman has notched more than a few American Hockey League games in the past season, which is not something many of the players on the ice this week can say.
He played in nine games with the Providence Bruins in the 2011-12 season, netting his first goal in his first game on March 24, 2012, the same day he signed with the Bruins.
“Scoring a goal my first game kind of lightened the load on me a little bit, took a little pressure off and it was really exciting,” said Trotman.
Even with that experience, he knows that there’s still a lot of work ahead to get to the NHL level.
“I just want to go into training camp prepared,” he said. “I want to have my skating top notch and work on the little things. You know, bodying guys in the corners.
“[I want to] make sure I come in and give myself the best shot during training camp.”
Trotman is heading in the right direction, taking it one step at a time – just as he has since he first stepped on the ice – toward his dreams of being an NHL player.
“My uncle took me skating when I was three or four years old,” Trotman said of his early beginning on the ice. “I kind of fell in love with it, and I’ve just been skating ever since.”