Posts tagged Prospects

Trust Climbs to New Heights on Thompson Island

BostonBruins.com - Standing on a platform 62 feet in the air on the final day of Development Camp, atop an alpine tower full of climbing logs, ropes, twists and turns, I watched a stream of Bruins’ prospects make their way through the tough course and up to the top, with the nearly 100-degree heat steaming down.

With the Bruins’ seventh annual Dev Camp nearly in the books, the prospects had been through five days of tough running tests, off-ice fitness testing, on-ice workouts and scrimmages, and off-ice learning on how to be a profesional.

They had embraced every moment and left Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney impressed with their collective enthusiasm and effort.

So, when day No. 6 rolled around, the group of prospects also embraced a team-building day on Thompson Island in the Boston Harbor, about a 20-minute boat ride from downtown Boston.

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Prospects Taken Out of Their Comfort Zones

THOMPSON ISLAND - After finishing up with the on-ice portion of Development Camp, the prospects traveled into Boston and out on the water for team-building activities on Thompson Island, part of the Boston Harbor Islands system.

In years past, the prospects have taken part in The Program, a military training based challenge that is physically grueling. This year, the “team bonding” time happened on the final day of camp. On the island, they’re taken through various challenges that test them with problem solving, leadership, and most importantly, teamwork.

"To serve and not to yield" is the motto for Thompson Island Outward Bound Professional, who organizes the programs for young kids, as well as specialized programs like the one today for the prospects.

Before the day started, the prospects were asked what they’ve learned this week throughout camp.

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Colton Hargrove & Casey Bailey (blindfolded) get cheers from their teammates at the top of the alpine tower. #nhlbruins

Colton Hargrove & Casey Bailey (blindfolded) get cheers from their teammates at the top of the alpine tower. #nhlbruins

The prospects are testing their limits at the Alpine Tower #nhlbruins

The prospects are testing their limits at the Alpine Tower #nhlbruins

Trust is key during the B’s prospects’ team-building activities #nhlbruins

Trust is key during the B’s prospects’ team-building activities #nhlbruins

Malcolm Subban & Peter Cehlarik help each other through a low ropes course during team building. #nhlbruins

Prospects heading out into Boston Harbor for a day of team-building during Dev Camp. #nhlbruins

Prospects heading out into Boston Harbor for a day of team-building during Dev Camp. #nhlbruins

Dev Camp Day 4: Running Tests Prospects' Limits, Team-Mentality Kicks In

WILMINGTON, MA - As Development Camp hits Day 4, the prospects have now gone through session after session of on-ice drills and scrimmages, along with off-ice fitness testing.

On Saturday, the competitiveness began to reach a higher level, and the scrimmages and game-like situations showcased a quicker pace to the game. Most of the attendees haven’t skated in weeks or even months, so as they get their legs under them, the tempo picks up as well.

"We’re here to develop skills and the off-ice [part of the game]," say Providence Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy, who is helping lead the camp this week, said following Day 4’s workouts.

"Scouts obviously love to see that to see what they’ve drafted and as coaches we like it, too."

The prospects are given a chance to display their skill sets on the ice, but they’re also tested off the ice. They are faced with new challenges every day, and every day gets progressively harder.

The greatest of their tests so far came on Saturday morning, with a running test prior to the on-ice workouts.

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Matthew Lindblad and the prospects are about to take the ice for Day 5 of Dev Camp #nhlbruins

Matthew Lindblad and the prospects are about to take the ice for Day 5 of Dev Camp #nhlbruins

The prospects jerseys are hung and ready to go for today’s workouts #nhlbruins

The prospects jerseys are hung and ready to go for today’s workouts #nhlbruins