BostonBruins.com -- Justin Florek
admitted that he wasn’t expecting much from this year's NHL Draft.
Who could blame him?
After two years with no phone call, Florek wasn’t sure anyone would be calling him last Saturday. Instead, he was calling everyone - to tell them the good news.
“I just had to take the rest of the day off from work I was so excited,” said Florek on draft day. “I’m hanging out with my family.”
Obviously, 2010 was Florek’s year as the Boston Bruins decided to take the forward at 135. Florek, who was taken by complete surprise, wasn’t even watching the draft on television.
“I was actually at work [YMCA] and then my phone started vibrating in my pocket,” said Florek. “I knew it had to be a call so I checked it and my advisor, Eddie Ward, he told me the news.”
The call was a dream come true for the left wing.
“'Heartbroken' is probably a better word,” explained Florek of being passed over in 2008 and 2009. “Today definitely made up for those two years.
“I’m just really excited right now…[and] I’m definitely excited and happy with the results.”
Florek grew up in Michigan where playing hockey is often a birthright. He says he owes a lot of his success to the state.
“For as long as I can remember I grew up watching the Wildcats and I always wanted to play for them,” explained Florek. “I finally got the chance to play for them and it’s been a dream come true playing in front of my friends and family and everyone I know here in Marquette.”
“I owe a lot to my coaching staff,” added Florek. “Everyone at Northern Michigan did a great job with me.”
His playing style and attitude fit in nicely with the Big Bad Bruins and he wants nothing more then to contribute to the B’s organization.
“I definitely want to keep working on my foot speed and I want to continue my success and improve in scoring,” Florek said trying to describe his development. “I want to keep upping it and upping it every year.
“I want to be able to just take over games and do what I want out there and just dominate.”
“I feel like I still have a lot of potential room to grow.”
With his potential the Bruins can hope that one day he will be a powerhouse in Black & Gold.
“Hopefully I can keep growing and improving and make an impact for the Bruins someday,” said Florek.
He will have a chance to make that impact as early as this week's Boston Bruins Development Camp.
"Mainly for me I think it’s going to be a learning experience," said Florek when he arrived in Boston on Sunday. "I’ve never been to a camp or anything like this, so I am excited to see what it’s like and what the organization is like.
"I will learn what I can improve on and just enjoy the whole experience."