Just how important is chemistry to a team?
Whether on or off the ice, especially at the start of a new season, the buzz word gets thrown around constantly.
Because, really, it’s that beneficial to the way a group of individuals like the men in the spoked-B find success together.
"It always is and you’ve heard so many players say it, and a lot of them have been veteran players, from Mark Recchi to even Jags [Jaromir Jagr] who said this was one of the best groups he’s ever been with," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said following his team’s October 8 practice.
"That speaks volume to me, anyways, that our room is that close and good to each other, and guys that have come in have never heard a guy say, ‘Nobody made me feel comfortable here at home.’ The guys have done a good job of that."
I just sent him a text to congratulate him. I think he’s deserving, everybody who knows him here knows what kind of a person he was and what kind of a leader he was on and off the ice. They’ve got a young team over there and the minute he signed there, in the back of my mind I thought he had an opportunity to become the Captain there and I think they made a great choice—very deserving and because of who he is and what he represents and what he does for a hockey team.
Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, on Andrew Ference being named Captain of the Edmonton Oilers
We’ve gotten here, which is great-but until you’ve accomplished the final stages of the playoffs, you haven’t reached your ultimate goal.
We’re here to represent the city of Boston and our fans and that’s what you want to do first and foremost.
I think we have to continue to play our game, but we should expect some changes here and there. If those things happen, we’ll be ready for it. I said that all along in the playoffs, we really have to focus, we want to focus on our game, because I think that’s where all the focus has to be. That’s where players’ focus needs to be. As far as coaches are concerned, we have to be ready for adjustments, and if there are some, we’ve got to be ready to tell our players.