Large crowd in attendance for Bruins development camp


Large crowd in attendance for Bruins development camp

WILMINGTON, Mass. Once again the Bruins fans have kept the tradition strong of gigantic crowds at Ristuccia Arena for the first day of Bruins Development Camp, and they were kept entertained by the best and brightest Bs prospects.

Dougie Hamilton donned No. 59 and Malcolm Subban put on No. 81 and was rocking yellow and black pads that might have been Bellevilles colors, but they also looked very fitting as a member of the Bruins.

Swedish goaltender Niklas Svedberg was rocking fire engine red pads at the other end of the ice from Subban, and will likely be looking to trade those in once he gets going with the AHL Providence Bruins this season.

The prospects worked on two-on-two drills at opposite ends of the rink, and were able to show off some of their battle and physicality, and some flash at points as well.

Charlestown, Mass. native and third round pick Matthew Grzelcyk showed all kinds of dazzle with spin moves and quick turns skating around attackers while working in close quarters. The 22 Bruins prospects skated for about 75 minutes in the first session before stretching out, and finishing the first session in five days of practicing together for the first time.

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.