A Zamboni malfunction delayed the second half of the morning session, but the Bruins waited it out, performed some additional drills on old ice, then scrimmaged once the icemaker was fixed and a fresh sheet was laid down.
As expected, Patrice Bergeron dominated the scrimmage, driving to the net, backchecking at the other end of the rink, and showing no fear of entering the danger areas. Bergeron has been competing harder than most of the rookies through the first two days.
“I’m not sure that there are a lot of guys in the National Hockey League right now that would come in and do what he’s doing,” said Don Sweeney, director of hockey operations and player development. “If he’s testing himself, maybe that is the process that he’s continuing to go through, having been out for so long. Maybe that’s his motivation for it. But it’s also how dedicated he is. It speaks volumes of him as a teammate and as a leader — a very young, young leader.”
Some other players who impressed: F Brad Marchand, F Joe Colborne, F Blake Wheeler, F Matt Marquardt, F Zach Hamill, and D Andrew Bodnarchuk.
* Five of the campers appeared in at least one game for Providence at the end of 2007-08: Hamill, F Jordan Knackstedt, F Jeff LoVecchio, D Jeff Penner, and G Kevin Regan. All have stated how much the limited AHL action helped in their development heading into this camp. “They hear Scott Gordon and Robby Murray and what they’re trying to implement there,” said Sweeney. “They are pieces of the puzzle you build along the way that allow these guys to continue to get acclimated. It’s not a comfort, but it’s a familiarity thing.”
* Strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides was in the locker room after the scrimmage, urging the youngsters to hustle to their off-ice workout. Whitesides reminded all the players to change into dry T-shirts, which would certainly become wet after he was done with the kids.
* The Bruins confirmed they will wear a third jersey during the 2008-09 season. The final design has not been released, but it will most likely feature the retro bear, on the shoulders of the current uniforms, on the chest.