Bruins kick off captain's practice this week

Bruins kick off captain's practice this week
August 29, 2013, 4:45 pm
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WILMINGTON -- The Bruins have officially kicked off their captain's practices at Ristuccia Arena this week in the first sign that NHL training camp -- and the regular season -- is right around the corner. In the good news department, Jarome Iginla is already in Boston and taking regular turns at practice while being joined by several of his teammates.

On Thursday, Iginla, Daniel Paille, David Krejci and Dennis Seidenberg were joined by Providence Bruins enforcer Bobby Robins, Tuukka Rask's younger brother (Joonas Rask) and assistant coach Doug Houda's son, Chris, before he heads off to Westfield State. Tuukka Rask was absent, but former Tufts University goalie Scott Borchard was able to act as puck-stopper for the day.

Claude Julien was also in Wilmington after returning from Calgary, where he spent last weekend at Team Canada orientation camp.

During the camp, Julien was able to report that "Milan Lucic was in great shape . . . Brad Marchand had worked hard this summer . . . Patrice Bergeron looked like he was going to perfectly fine."

All good news, of course, even as the lion's share of the B's roster continues to rest up after a season that saw them playing in late June for the first time in NHL history. That combined with the early start due to the break for the Winter Olympics makes a very quick turnaround for a team that finished two wins short of their second Stanley Cup title in three years.

Bruins camp won't officially open until Sept. 11, but expect more and more players from the NHL roster to file in over the next 7-10 days.