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by Jack Eichel / Buffalo Sabres

Rookie Jack Eichel shares with what it's like to play in front of friends and family when the team plays games in his hometown of Boston.

BOSTON – It's always nice to go back to Boston. All the snow kind of made this last trip kind of hectic – I had originally made plans for my mom and dad to go to dinner with me and maybe see my agents, but those fell through due to the weather.

But I still had a nice dinner, and it was still nice to go back to the Garden. It was obviously an emotional game and a tough loss, but I still enjoyed coming out after the game and seeing all the people there waiting for me in the stands. It means a lot, all those people who are there and support me. They've been there for me my whole life and helped me get to where I am. I enjoy doing anything I can for them.

I think sometimes you can take it for granted, your parents being able to watch you play, going home. I don’t know if I even really understand what it means to my dad or my mom. I think about everything they've done for me my whole life, trying to get me to this point. Now, I'm playing at the Garden, where I have so many memories with my dad, whether it's going there and watching the Bruins play or going there and watching the Beanpot.

For me to be able to do the things like play in the Beanpot last year and go back my in first season in the NHL and play against the Bruins, I said I take it for granted, but sometimes you've got to take a step back and realize the situation that you're in, how fortunate and lucky you are to be able to do that.

Other than seeing my family and friends, I enjoy shopping and clothes, as I've said a few times. So I enjoyed spending time on Newbury and the Boylston area and there are a few spots I like to go to eat in the city. I also miss school and just being on the campus. I know I'll definitely spend some time there over the summer. Well, maybe a lot of time.

It was, overall, a pretty quick trip to Boston. But every trip I go there it's awesome.

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