Iginla, Erikkson both excited for Bruins debut

Iginla, Erikkson both excited for Bruins debut
October 3, 2013, 4:00 pm
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After a month of dress rehearsals, the new Bruins players are ready for their home debut in Black and Gold. Jarome Iginla got in a preseason game at TD Garden, but Loui Eriksson will be playing in front of the Boston home crowd for the first time after arriving in exchange for Tyler Seguin.

The Swedish winger clearly knows he’s not in Dallas anymore after experiencing his first preseason with Boston, and getting the regular season adrenaline flowing with linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand should bring out his best.

“I’ve seen in these weeks that I’ve been here, there are a lot of fans around here,” said Eriksson. “Everyone talks hockey in this town, and it’s nice to be in an environment like that. I’m looking forward to it.”

For Iginla, it will be about hearing cheers rather than the boos that carried down on him from the TD Garden crowd when he arrived with the Pittsburgh Penguins for a regular season tilt at the end of last season. The boos were deserved after Iginla spurned the Bruins at the trade deadline in favor of Pittsburgh when given the choice between the two franchises, but they also weren’t as lusty as they might’ve been in a game that was played just days following the Boston Marathon bombings.

Instead Iginla is transitioning into a new home after spending his entire hockey career in Calgary up until last spring, and hoping he can someday find the same kind of Calgary comfort in Boston.

The 36-year-old Iginla is not there yet, but he’s working on it.

“It doesn’t feel weird anymore. Once you play in a place for a long time you know the season ticket holders and see the same fans in the same spots, and it was like that for me in Calgary,” said Iginla. “But I’ll get used to that here as well. It’s definitely different, but it’s also exciting too.”

Both Iginla and Eriksson will be full-fledged members of the Black and Gold tribe once they get through Thursday night’s opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and all the questions about debuts and weirdness will be replaced with queries about power plays and scoring chances.