Eriksson debuts at captain's practice

Eriksson debuts at captain's practice
September 2, 2013, 6:00 pm
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WILMINGTON – It might have been Labor Day, but that didn’t stop a group of Bruins skaters from getting together to go through the paces of a captain’s practice at their Ristuccia Arena practice home. Ironically, neither of the Bruins captains have been present at any of the pre-preseason skating sessions.

Swedes Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg made their first appearances while Brad Marchand also returned to the fold after spending last week at the Team Canada orientation camp in Calgary.

Eriksson was wearing a helmet with the No. 21 on the back, the former number of departed defenseman Andrew Ference.

It appears that the multi-faceted Eriksson has set up shop at a locker stall in the far corner of the room that was formerly owned by his predecessor on right wing, Tyler Seguin.

Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg, Jarome Iginla, Daniel Paille and David Krejci continued their regular attendance at the practice sessions, and they were joined by Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton.

Providence Bruins enforcer Bobby Robins continued to skate with the NHL players, and fellow P-Bruins farmhands like Zach Trotman, Nick Johnson, Chris Casto, Justin Florek and David Warsofsky rounded a growing group of players.

The sessions didn’t feature much in the way of battle drills or hard line intensity, but instead got a chance for the disparate group of players to blend in with each other and stretch out their skating legs. Most NHL players continue their rigorous workouts in the summertime, but stay away from the ice for most of the months of July and August to give their legs a break.

Bruins rookie camp will start on Wednesday with players like Malcolm Subban, Ryan Spooner and Anthony Camara poised to show their stuff, but the B’s skaters at these Wilmington sessions are prepping for the open of NHL training camp one week later on Sept. 11.