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Bulmer, After Winning Gold, Playing With Confidence

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

As Brett Bulmer came out from behind his own goal with the puck on his stick, there was no panic in his play despite the oncoming forechecker.

Instead, Bulmer angled his body into the oncoming skater to shield the puck, before shoveling a pass to a teammate from his backhand to start the rush.

Bulmer said he's playing with a lot of confidence in training camp, a confidence that's been building since he won a gold medal with Canada's inline hockey team this summer.

"I'm feeling pretty good right now," Bulmer said. "Day 2 of camp you need to start stepping up in all areas, and I felt like I had a pretty good game. I'm trying to do the little things right."

Bulmer scored three goals and had nine assists in six games for Canada. They won all six games they played, including a 4-2 win in the championship game over defending champions Finland.

"It was a really positive tournament for me," Bulmer said. "Playing for Team Canada was really cool. It was a great experience. I feel like it helped my speed a lot, just always moving. Those first few strides are very strong, so I thought it helped me a lot."

His quick first-step and acceleration were on display in Saturday's scrimmage at training camp. With Team C entering the offensive zone on a 3-on-2, Eberle sprinted back to help break up the rush, tying up Jordan Schroeder's stick to prevent a shot.

"Those are the plays that are going to stand out for me," Bulmer said. "It might not always be a goal or an assist; it might be a backcheck or a puck out. I try to do those little plays that are going to help me in the long run."

A second-round draft pick by the Wild in 2010, Bullmer has been in the organization and experienced training camps before.

"Every time I just try to come in better, and learn everything they tell me," Bulmer said. "Obviously work hard every day, don't keep anything in, make sure you leave it all out there, and have some fun."

Bullmer said camp gives him a chance to watch top-line players like Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu, and Jason Pominville. In Koivu, Bullmer said it's a great example of how to play a two-way game.

"Nowadays, you have to be able to play in all situations, and I like to try to be an overall player who can be asked to fill any role, and that's something I strive for," he said. "For forwards, those are some pretty good players. Just watch their work ethic, and everything falls into place after that."

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