The first day of development camp is under way at Ristuccia Arena. This is the seventh year for the Bruins annual event, where the coaches and staff get to see the future of the Bruins organization, and take a look at a few players from outside the system they believe could be a good match for the Black and Gold.
The original ‘training class’ of ’07 had young athletes who now proudly wear the spoked B for the Bruins. Five of them in fact. Adam McQuaid, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Tuukka Rask all got their start in Wilmington.
The Bruins will be running the players through the next five days and they will all be open to the public. (Day six is reserved for closed team building exercises.) The schedule is below.
Wednesday, July 10 (Wilmington, MA)
-Development Camp opens
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:45 a.m.
Thursday, July 11 (Wilmington, MA) -On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m. -On-ice practice #2, Ristuccia Arena, 12:45 p.m.
Friday, July 12 (Wilmington, MA) -On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. -On-ice practice #2, Ristuccia Arena, 11:45 a.m. -Community events throughout Greater Boston
Saturday, July 13 (Wilmington, MA) -On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 14 (Wilmington, MA) -On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. -On-ice practice #2, Ristuccia Arena, 10:45 a.m.
This year’s roster of twenty three includes twelve forwards, eight defensemen, and three goaltenders. The roster has a good mix of players from all over the country and the world. It includes five of this year’s draft picks.( Linus Arnesson, Peter Cehlarik, Ryan Fitzgerald, Wiley Sherman, and Mitchell Dempsey) The players range in expierence to those who have played games in the Providence AHL team, those who have played in Canadian and European clubs, down to ‘kids’ about to start their college career.
The Bruins will be looking for leaders on the ice that they hope will be leaders for the organization in the future.
“We always encourage players returning to Development Camp to increase their comfort level as far as taking a larger leadership role,” said Bruins Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney. (The development camp for Boston was Sweeney’s brainchild.) “[Anthony] Camara, [Brian] Ferlin and [Zane] Gothberg should feel confident to aid in making others in the group feel comfortable. [Seth] Griffith, [Malcom] Subban, [Matt] Grzelcyk, [Rob] O’ Gara and Matt Benning should also have a better understanding of what to expect during the week. [Matthew] Lindblad and [Chris] Casto played in Providence, so despite just signing with the Bruins, they have played games for the coaches in Providence and they will be able to lead in on-ice drills.”
The players could always use your support, so head on over to Wilmington in the next few days and cheer on the Bruins of the future.