Campbell 'humbled' by loss of hockey during NHL lockout

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Campbell 'humbled' by loss of hockey during NHL lockout

Gregory Campbell spent the last month working out with the OHLs Kitchener Rangers, but hopped on a plane back to Boston as quickly as possible Sunday once word arrived that the NHL lockout was over.

As players were all so glad to move on from all of this. Thats the most important thing of all, said Campbell. Being back with my teammates was really fun. Knowing that were going to be playing soon and knowing that the guys are filtering back into Boston, it makes me really, really happy.

The Bruins fourth line center was one of the few Bruins skaters that didnt make it over to Europe at any point over the last four months. So instead he opted to head back to his former junior hockey team and joined Dennis Wideman in working out with Kitchener in structured, high-paced practices. It was clear that benefited Campbell when he hopped back on the Agganis Arena ice with his teammates on Monday morning, and he was feeling ready to get back to work with linemates Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton.

When the season does begin Campbell will be starting a three-year deal worth 4.8 million, and hopes to be able to keep up with the guys that were taking regular shifts in Europe.

Its tough to say. Ive tried hard to stay committed and be prepared. Ive worked hard off the ice and skated five days a week with the Kitchener team back home, said Campbell. Its not pro level, but Ive tried my hardest to address the things I needed to work on.

But its tough to prepare for certain things required for game action. Its going to be an adjustment for everyone.

Campbell, always one of the most thoughtful players on the Bs roster, appeared extremely happy to put the NHL lockout nightmare behind him, but also understood there is work to be done to win back hockey fans. Not so much in Boston where the Black and Gold Faithful are expected to come back in droves for a competitive team, but in other areas of North America where franchises might be in trouble.

Campbells family has been associated with the NHL for a long time, and its clear he personally wants to help clear away the negativity left by the lockout.

Its been a frustrating process. What I can say about this process is that its been very humbling. We also live, eat, breathe and sleep hockey and its been our identity for our entire lives, said Campbell. For us not to be able to play hockey for any reason is humbling; it makes you think about a lot of things. It makes you realize how lucky you are to play and to do what you love for a living.

It would be selfish for us to think we were the only ones affected by this lockout. There are a lot of fans that are passionate about the game, and there are a lot of people that work around the game and work in the arenas -- that are passionate about it as well.

Now its time for all those passionate about the NHL to get back to the business of hockey, and that starts with the rank-and-file players just like Campbell.

Farrell: Red Sox ‘optimistic’ Andrew Benintendi can return in 2016

Farrell: Red Sox ‘optimistic’ Andrew Benintendi can return in 2016

Red Sox manager John Farrell said rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi sustained no further structural damage to his knee, other than the previously diagnosed sprain, after injuring it on the basepaths against the Rays.

Farrell said the team is optimistic that Benintendi, placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, will be able to return before the end of the season. Watch the video for more. 

Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

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Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

The Bruins’ new practice facility has been years in the making and they will finally get to officially open the doors to Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton next month. 

The B’s players will start informal captain’s practice skates at the new facility on the New Balance property in these final days of August, but the team announced on Friday that the new facility will be officially opened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, team president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney and a number of players will be on hand for the opening ceremony and ensuing open house for the media. Also planning to attend from New Balance will be Owner and Chairman Jim Davis and NB Development Group LLC Managing Director Jim Halliday, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. 

Following the formal portion of the event, Warrior Ice Arena will host the “Boston Youth All-Star Game featuring Bruins Alumni” which will feature local squirt players from the Boston communities of Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, South Boston and West Roxbury mixed in with members of the Bruins alumni. 

The Youth All-Stars will team with Bruins alumni and they will play the first official game before the ice is turned over to the current Bruins players for their training camp later in the month.

The Warrior Ice Arena gets its name from the Warrior brand of hockey equipment that is now a division of New Balance and comes with a 79-foot high Warrior hockey stick that greets visitors at the front entrance doors.

Warrior Ice Arena will be the B’s new and permanent practice home after the Bruins spent 25-plus years practicing in the suburbs of Boston at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. 

 

Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

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Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.

*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.

*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.

*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.

*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.

*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.  

*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.

*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.