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Counting Down the Days: No Lockout, Full Training Camp on Tap for B's - Mid-August for a hockey fan is the biggest teaser. You start counting down the days, but the end date still seems so far away. You may check off the days until the season opener, the first preseason game when the new-look roster first steps into action, or the date of a game you’ll see in-person… The numbers float around on social media and various websites.

For me, there’s one date I zero in on the most. All of the above are important dates, no doubt, and there are others that will emerge - the start of informal captain’s practices which get the B’s back together, the team’s annual golf tournament, etc.

But the beginning of Training Camp on September 11 marks the first official date where the players have to report for the 2013-14 season. It’s an important time, for several obvious reasons. New teammates get acclimated into the locker room, different linemates begin to develop chemistry, coaches try various line and defensive pairing combinations to find a player’s best fit, and healthy competition breaks out among those vying for a spot on the opening night roster.

The team’s identity is reinforced, while systems, special teams and distinct plays are all reviewed. A coach gets to know his new players, and gets his team in line and “on the same page” before the season begins. Camp then stretches into preseason games before the new season kicks off — a time to put the focus of the first week together into action.

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Thornton Hits the Links to Host His Charity Golf Tournament

MIDDELTON, MA - When waking up on a beautiful summer Monday in Boston, it seemed like a perfect day for hitting the links. Sun beaming down, no rain in the forecast, a slight breeze.

Lucky for Shawn Thornton, that Monday - August 12th - marked the day of his annual charity golf tournament, Putts & Punches for Parkinson’s, at Ferncroft Country Club in Middelton, Massachusetts.

"This is a pretty fun one for me - get to come out on a nice day and golf and, see a lot of good people," said Thornton.

"I’m here year round, so it’s pretty easy for me to give back."

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Tuukka's Back in Boston For a While

BOSTON, MA - Tuukka Rask recently arrived back to Boston. One of his first stops? The Bruins’ offices at TD Garden, a place he’ll likely be frequenting for at least the next eight years.

Rask joins the group of B’s already in Boston training locally before Training Camp next month, including Daniel Paille and David Krejci, who we caught up with on Thursday during one of their workouts.

Following a short time off in Tuukka’s native Finland, of which included plenty of golf and tennis, the Bruins goalie was freshly tanned and cooly sporting his usual backwards hat. As cool, calm and collected as ever.

"Summer was great - the weather was awesome, I got to see my family and friends, a lot of golfing and a lot of working out. It was just relaxing in general, so it was awesome," said Rask.

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One Step Forward – Taking a penalty 36 seconds overtime is not an ideal way to start an extra frame, and when one of the team’s best penalty killers is not on the ice, it can be disastrous.

Forward Patrice Bergeron was sent to the box for an uncharacteristic hooking penalty, and the pressure was on the Bruins to kill the man-advantage without Rich Peverley, who flew home to attend personal matters.

Head Coach Claude Julien turned to forward Zach Hamill to step up, and he was impressed with his efforts on the penalty kill.