WILMINGTON - It's that time of year again. With the passing of Labor Day, schools are in session and the end of summer is well on its way. For the Bruins and the rest of the NHL, that means it's back to work.
Those who don the Black and Gold have been putting in the work all summer, and now comes to the time to implement that training back in Boston.On Tuesday, several Bruins and P-Bruins began holding informal practices at Ristuccia Arena in preparation for the start of training camp on September 18.
The group included Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid, David Warsofsky, Zach Trotman, Justin Florek, David Pastrnak, Brian Ferlin, Bobby Robins and Tommy Cross.
Bergeron led the drills, and pulled out a stopwatch at the end of the skate to run himself and the group through sprints from goal line to goal line. "It’s always nice to get back here," Bergeron told media following the skate. "Especially being here early, you know, and seeing the guys and seeing the trainers, and the coaches, and just being here, and enjoying the little bit of the rest of nice weather here in Boston, and getting ready."
It was a welcome sight to see McQuaid, Kelly and Seidenberg on the ice with their teammates after missing time during the regular season and all of the 2014 playoffs with their respective injuries. McQuaid faced a nagging groin injury in the second half of the season and then had surgery on his right ankle in May. Kelly underwent back surgery at the start of the offseason.
Seidenberg has long been recovered from the ACL/MCL tear he suffered last December. When the BostonBruins.com crew took a trip to see the defenseman in New Jersey in mid-August, his knee was feeling good and he was continuing to build back his muscle strength around the ligaments.
While the Bruins' veterans are prepping for camp, younger players are also getting ready for their crack at roster spots."
"Pastrnak was among a large group of Bruins players, prospects and other local NHLers participating in captains' practice Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena. Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron ran the hour-and-a-half session and he’s been impressed with Pastrnak’s on-ice ability.
“I saw him a few times. He’s very fast, skilled. He battles hard. I know it’s early, but he seems to be really hard on the puck and wants it. It’s great to have him and he seems to be a great player,” Bergeron said."
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