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The Bruins prospects provided 100 youth hockey players with on-ice instruction followed by a 40-minute non-check scrimmage. The skate took place at the Burlington Ice Palace, courtesy of FMC Ice Sports and the group of skaters included 40 lucky Squirt and Pee Wee hockey players that won a spot after participating in a Boston Bruins online contest.
For the first part of the day they split the ice rink into three mini-rinks. Every time the buzzer went off the kids switched from playing to sitting on the sidelines. The guys helped the younger players with puck handling and stick handling.
They also gave helping hand if one got wobbely or fell on the ice.
Defenseman David Warsofsky
, a current member of the BU hockey team, saw a small fan wearing a familiar Boston University's Scarlet and White jersey.
"It's nice to see the local kids since I was once a young local kid," said Warsofsky.
Fellow defenseman Tommy Cross
, another New England native who is a student athlete at Boston College, said he left all the tricks to the NHL's #2 draft pick Tyler Seguin
"Nah, I didn't try any stuff like that," said Cross. "We left that to Tyler."
Seguin showed his stuff by flipping pucks into the air and bouncing them off his stick between breaks.
When the main scrimmage started the young B's separated into teams - the "black" team and the "white" team.
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They shared encouraged the young athletes as they worked through the clinic and the scrimmage.
But some of the kids knew how to play rough and had the prospectus in their sights.
"One kid tried to almost knock me over," laughed Warsofsky. "Some of the other guys had similar experiences."
The parents rooted their kids on in the stands in hopes they could score a goal or steal a puck from a prospect.
In the end, while and the prospects were relaxing (and perhaps noting the popularity of the BU player), Cross decided to bring up his old time Beanpot rivalry with - BU vs. BC. -- and interviewed Warsofsky, joking half the time about his choice of school.
Jokes aside, all the the guys were happy to help out in the Greater Boston hockey community.
Assistant Coach Don Sweeney, a former Harvard Crimson skater and a long time Bruins standout, felt this was important to the team growth as well.
"Community service is a crucial part of the Bruins organization," explained Sweeney. "And we want to instill that thought into these new prospects."