Spooner, Hamilton impressive


Spooner, Hamilton impressive

WILMINGTON, Mass. The Bruins recognized the final day of Development Camp with a long, offense-filled scrimmage in front of a packed house Monday at Ristuccia Arena. Ryan Spooner supplied the only two goals for the Black Team in a fitting showing at the end of an impressive week of camp, but the White Team got offense from all corners in a 4-2 victory.

Spooner was head and shoulders above the rest of the forward group out on the ice with his dizzying array of offensive moves and skill with the puck. Dougie Hamilton was impressive again among the defensemen while warming up for the most important summer of his hockey career.

They were among the players that have caught Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli's eye during development camp: "We call them the Usual Suspects. I think Spooner and Jared Knight are going to challenge at B'straining camp. I think Dougie is going to challenge," said Chiarelli when asked which prospects could push veterans for roster spots in September. "I don't want want to leave anybody out, but that's who I like tocall the 'Usual Suspects.'"Free agent newcomers Colin Campbell and Wayne Simpson scored the first two goals before Spooner evened it up, and towering defenseman Tommy Cross provided the game-winner when he fired a bomb through heavy traffic in front of the net. Justin Florek gave the White Team the insurance marker, and the scrimmage was followed by a shootout drill that featured Hamilton whistling a filthy wrist shot past goaltender Adam Morrison.

Matt Benning sat out the scrimmage with a groin problem thats been bothering him through the entire week of development camp, and Alex Khokhlachev once again sat out the scrimmage after suffering a lacerated kidney at the end his junior hockey season.

Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'


Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

ANDOVER, Mass. — Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque, who's facing a drunken driving charge, says he accepts the responsibility of his actions.

Bourque was charged Friday night with operating under the influence of alcohol and following too closely. He posted bail and was released.

"For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory," Bourque said in a statement released Sunday. "I am not happy about the situation I put myself into."

Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe said the 55-year-old Bourque was arrested about 11:30 p.m. after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone in the city. No injuries were reported.

Bourque is to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court. Police haven't provided a date.

According to The Boston Globe, Bourque currently owns Tresca, a restaurant on Boston's North End.

'Everything is on track' with Bruins prospect Zboril


'Everything is on track' with Bruins prospect Zboril

Little more than a year after he was drafted in the middle of the first round by the Boston Bruins, some are whispering that 19-year-old Jakub Zboril isn’t going to live up to advanced billing. Clearly the Czech defenseman took a step back for the Saint John Sea Dogs after being taken 13th by the Bruins in last year’s draft, and dropped to six goals and 20 points in 50 games in the QMJHL while watching second round pick Jeremy Lauzon pass him by on the prospect hype chart.

Perhaps the more concerning thing have been the whispers about an erratic work ethic and bad habits in Zboril’s game, a couple of criticisms that haven’t exactly gone away since the Bruins signed him to a contract last summer following development camp. Bruins assistant general manager Scott Bradley was asked about those concerns with the young D-man as he heads into an important training camp with Boston this fall, and didn’t seem all that concerned about his first round pick being a “bust.”

“I think his offensive production was down, and that he struggled a little bit coming out of the gate” said Bradley of Zboril, who had 13 goals and 33 points in 44 games during his first season in the Quebec Major Junior League prior to getting drafted by Boston. “But he had a strong playoff. Everybody forgets that he’s a gritty guy, and a strong player that moves the puck. The thing that stands out about him are that his numbers are down from last year.

“But everything is on track with him. He’s going to come to camp and hopefully shines, and has a good year this year…patience.

“I think it’s great if the second rounders are on par with him: the [Brandon] Carlos and the [Jeremy] Lauzons. If you look at the whole of our draft last year you can’t rule out the first eight picks that they might play [in the NHL]. We’re excited. Donnie and I were at the Memorial Cup, and Lauzon raised our eyebrows every night that he played. You’d come away with a good feeling like this kid plays hard, plays the Bruins style, moves the puck and is tough. Obviously [you had to like] what Carlo did when he was brought in [to Providence] at the end. It just bodes well for what we have coming this year. Zboril and Lauzon are probably going back to junior, but Carlo is going to get a long look.”

The young Czech D-man is still at a point where his stock can still shoot higher than it’s ever been with a good showing at training camp, and a strong season for the Sea Dogs entering into his professional hockey career. But he can’t afford to go through another down season, or that talk of him being a first round bust is only going to get louder and stronger.