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Bruins open camp today; fans invited to all sessions

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Bruins open camp today; fans invited to all sessions

BOSTON -- For Bruins fans wondering if they can catch a glimpse of their favorite team now that the NHL lockout is over, there will be plenty of opportunities this week.

Training camp starts Sunday with a 1 p.m. on-ice session at TD Garden that will be open to the public, with free parking at the North Station garage from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Practices will be held each day of the week -- two at the Garden and four at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington -- leading up to Saturday night's season opener at the Garden against the Rangers.

The only closed session will be a Tuesday morning skate in preparation for that nights intersquad scrimmage at TD Garden at 7 p.m., which will be open to the public. Admission is free but fans will need tickets to enter. Tickets will be available to season-ticket holders and Premium Club clients before they're released to the general public. Beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, the general public will be able to secure a maximum of two tickets per person by visiting the TD Garden Box Office or going online at www.bostonbruins.com.

Practices will be held in Wilmington at Ristuccia Arena on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. each day.

Their was some speculation that a scrimmage would be played between the Boston Bruins players and the Providence Bruins roster, but instead the entire camp roster will be split into two squads. The abbreviated Bruins camp roster is as follows:

Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Chris Bourque, Gregory Campbell, Nathan Horton, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Lane MacDermid, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Jay Pandolfo (professional tryout agreement), Rich Peverley, Tyler Seguin, Ryan Spooner, Jamie Tardif and Shawn Thornton.

Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Adam McQuaid, Dennis Seidenberg and David Warsofsky.

Goaltenders: Anton Khudobin and Tuukka Rask.

Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

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Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while watching the worlds of sports and politics collide this weekend.

-- Can former Boston University standout Clayton Keller become the NHL’s newest rookie sensation for the Arizona Coyotes? The skills and the skating are certainly there, but we’ll have to see if he can remain in one piece all season with a middling team around him.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Kris Letang returning to the Penguins on Sunday. It still blows my mind that Pittsburgh was able to win the Cup without him in its lineup last spring.

-- Speaking of the Penguins, they say they will accept the White House invitation to visit after last year’s Cup win, and offer a pretty non-committal statement about what’s going on in the other three major sports right now.

-- It was a tremendously successful opening of Little Caesar’s Arena for the Detroit Red Wings last night as they stomped the Bruins in preseason action.

-- The Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri is out to prove that last season wasn’t a one-year wonder.

-- For something completely different: Good to see another Stoneham guy getting some accolades for a dead-on impersonation.

 

Kraft 'deeply disappointed' by Trump's comments; praises players

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Kraft 'deeply disappointed' by Trump's comments; praises players

Sunday morning, as President Donald Trump resumed his attack on the National Football League, Patriots president and CEO Robert Kraft issued a statement condemning Trump's call for NFL owners to "fire" players who protest against social injustice during the playing of the National Anthem.

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Said Kraft:

"I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday. I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities. Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger. There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics. I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal. Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”

Trump, meanwhile, was back on Twitter, renewing his demand for punishment -- or employment termination -- against such players:

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