BostonBruins.com - 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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