WILMINGTON, MA – Under first-year head coach Bruce “Butch” Cassidy, the AHL’s Providence Bruins ended the season with a 35-34-3-4 record good for 77 points and fourth place in the Atlantic Division, but not good enough to make the Calder Cup Playoffs – a berth the P-Bruins haven’t achieved since 2009.
Tewksbury, MA - After another double session day on the ice, the boys of the sixth annual Boston Bruins development camp took to Greater Boston to get to know the members of the community.
At the Tewksbury Public Library, 10 prospects played outdoor games, made dream catchers in arts and crafts, and read books to children who are members of the library’s “Summer Reading Program.” Among the group were Matt Benning, Colin Campbell, Chris Casto, Brian Ferlin, Zane Gothberg, Matt Grzelcyk, Colton Hargrove, Adam Morrison, Ben Sexton and Malcolm Subban.
"You’re trying to evaluate, do drills – 1-on-1’s, 2-on-2’s, to see where guys foot speed is at, who thinks the game, who can create space in tight areas … I think the scrimmages will get into those tomorrow and be able to tell us a little more."
WILMINGTON, MA – Boston College’s Parker Milner is among the six goaltenders in net for this week’s Development Camp at Ristuccia Arena. Milner stands out as the only invitee, and Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney said they are lucky to have him in attendance.
The second day of Development Camp at Ristuccia Arena may have started in a similar fashion as Day 1 physically – with a team huddle at center ice and end-to-end shooting drills (not to mention forward Justin Courtnall being the first to hit the ice for the second day in a row) – but mentally, the B’s prospects were called upon to find a different gear. Read more at the link above.
REVERE, MA – Cronin Arena was abuzz this afternoon as the Bruins prospects took to the ice to assist with a youth hockey clinic.
The event was part of the B’s FUNdamentals program, and featured three cross-ice scrimmages and an autograph session. In all, 54 skaters participated, ranging in ages from 5-9, with a wide range of skill and experience.
WILMINGTON, MA – At a Boston Bruins Development Camp featuring an unusually deep roster of six goalies, Adam Morrison finds a way to stand out. Those unfamiliar with the 21-year-old from White Rock, British Columbia simply need to look for the mask adorned with the visage of Simpsons’ villain Mr. Burns.
Morrison said his affiliation with the wheezy-voiced cartoon began in his first game of junior hockey, when his trainer mocked him to calm his nerves.
WILMINGTON, MA – It’s all about teamwork for Wayne Simpson an invitee to Boston Bruins Development Camp 2012.
That team spirit started years ago, when he got his start in a southern hockey rink.
“I was living in Georgia actually,” said Simpson just minutes after the second practice of the day on Day 2. “It’s hard to find rinks down there but my parents were kind enough to drive me a ways every time I went to skate…my mom supported all the way.
WILMINGTON, MA – Niklas Svedberg’s fire-engine red goalie pads may have been the only thing louder than the ovation the Bruins prospects received when skating onto the ice at Ristuccia Arena on Thursday for the first day of Development Camp.
BostonBruins.com – The Boston Bruins used one of their two fifth round picks to select Cody Payne 145th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, and less than a week later, the newest B was on his way to Wilmington for Boston’s sixth annual Development Camp.
BOSTON – I’m pretty sure that nobody — particularly the campers themselves — expected that the Bruins prospects would spend the majority of Day 1 of Development Camp 2012 at the beach.
But there they were on Thursday, just a couple hours removed from their first on-ice session of the summer, on a Boston beach running and jumping and exercising and boating and paddling and boating and paddling and boating.
As fans piled into the stands, the B’s pipeline filed onto the ice to a roar from the Boston faithful. Forward Justin Courtnall hit the ice first, followed by a string of black and white jerseys before the Bruins’ 2012 first-round draft pick Malcolm Subban took his first strides in the spoked-B. Read more about today’s practice at the link above.
“[The draft picks] were all players that we had ranked highly on our list that fit into the Bruins style of play as far as character goes and commitment to winning …. All-in-all, it was a complete success for us as far as the scouting staff and the management went towards our plan.”—Bruins Director of Amateur Scouting Wayne Smith, on the B’s six selections in the 2012 NHL Draft. Read the full feature “Pleased in Pittsburgh” here.
BostonBruins.com – The Subban saga wasn’t the only family story brewing during the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
While 24th overall draft pick Malcolm Subban turned his brotherly love into deep-rooted rivalry with Montreal Canadiens defenseman and older brother, P.K. Subban, Matt Benning is following in the NHL footsteps of not just one, but two Bennings before him.
PITTSBURGH — Given the circumstances surrounding the B’s first round selection of Malcolm Subban, I left the CONSOL Energy Center confident in the fact that I had some stories in the bank for some time to come.
Today’s selection doubled that bank account as the B’s used the 85th overall pick in the 3rd round to select Charlestown-native Matthew Grzelcyk.
Bruins 2012 Draft Breakdown (full list posted here)
1st Round: 24th overall - G Malcolm Subban
3rd Round: 85th overall - D Matthew Grzelcyk
5th Round: 131st overall - F Seth Griffith (pick acquired from Tampa Bay)
5th Round: 145th overall - F Cody Paynne
6th Round: 175th overall - D Matthew Benning
7th Round: 205th overall - F Colton Hargrove
Traded Picks: 2nd Round: 54th overall - traded to Toronto with Joe Colborne for Tomas Kaberle on Feb. 18, 2011; later traded by Toronto to Colorado for John-Michael Liles on June 24, 2011; acquired by Washington (second-rounder in 2012 or 2013) from Colorado for Semyon Varlamov on July 1, 2011; Washington elected to take the 2012 second-round pick on June 15, 2012.
4th Round: 115th overall - traded to Carolina for Joe Corvo on July 5, 2011.