Tim Thomas was the first goalie off the ice after practice. He’ll be in goal for tonight’s exhibition game.
Coach Julien said McGrattan and Bartkowski will be tonight’s scratches.
The B’s players are getting on the bus for the one and a half hour ride to Liberec.
It was a focused Zdeno Chara who met the media in front of his locker stall at O2 Arena in Prague.
The always-intense Chara spoke briefly about being closer to his family’s home in Slovakia.
"It’s been good," he said, quietly. "I haven’t seen my parents yet, but I had a chance to meet with a few friends and it’s always nice to see them even though it hasn’t been that long since the summer.
"It’s (good) to be in kind of a ‘home’ kind of environment."
Chara softened a little when asked about the city of Prague and the things he likes the most about about the NHL Premier’s host city.
"Oh everything," said Chara of the pedestrian friendly metropolis. "You can walk around anywhere and It’s really easy to get to different sight seeing (spots).
"And, obviously, the food is pretty good."
But it was obvious that Chara’s thoughts lay elsewhere, the rink in Liberec…
The best of the United Kingdom’s professional ice hockey Elite League, under the name of the Belfast Giants Selects, is finally assembled after a collaborative effort from coaches Paul Thompson, Gerad Adams, and Doug Christiansen from Coventry Blaze and GB National Team, Cardiff Devils, and Belfast Giants, respectively.
The Belfast Giants released their final lineup for the Elite League All-Stars today, according to BelfastGiants.com. The All-Stars will take on the Boston Bruins on October 2 in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland.
“I always had the plan to bring together the coaches from the top teams in the Elite League last season to assemble the best team possible to take on the Bruins, said Belfast Giants GM Todd Kelman. “Paul Thompson has proven to be the most successful coach since the Elite League began, our own Doug Christiansen was nominated for Coach of the Year last season and Gerad Adams has consistently been able to find ways to win in big games over the years”
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