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Dougie Hamilton breaks down Malcolm Subban the defenseman 06.28.12 at 2:00 pm ET
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WILMINGTON – Dougie Hamilton and Malcolm Subban will be connected by their shared status as top picks of the Bruins. Think of them as the Tyler Seguin and Joe Colborne — two high-profile players taking part in 2010′s development camp — of this year. Unlike Seguin and Colborne, Hamilton and Subban’s connection goes a lot farther back.

Malcolm Subban took the ice for the first time as a member of the Bruins Thursday. (BostonBruins.com photo)

Though they’ve only been the same organization for less than a week, Hamilton and Subban have shared the same ice since they were kids. As young players growing up in Ontario, the two often played against each other — both as defensemen, as Subban didn’t start playing goalie until he was 12. Since then, they’ve been OHL opponents, with Hamilton being a star player for the Niagara IceDogs and Subban between the pipes for the Belleville Bulls.

“I grew up always playing against him,” Hamilton said Thursday of Subban. “We were always in the same league, and we were talking [Wednesday] about the days when we were both defensemen. I still remember, we were both rushing defensemen, and in those games it was me and him.

“He probably could be here as a defenseman too, but he’s obviously a pretty good goalie, so it’s definitely fun to have him here.”

Given that both players have older brothers — Freddie Hamilton (Sharks) and P.K. Subban (Canadiens) — their parents even became friends from “always seeing each other at the rink,” according to Hamilton.

On the ice Thursday, Hamilton and Subban could be seen chatting from time to time, including during stretches in a photo-opportunistic scene in which the Bruins’ last two first-round picks grinned as they conversed.

For as long as they’ve known each other, Hamilton has known Subban’s talent, regardless of which position earned him his status as a first-round pick.

“As a D, he was pretty fast,” Hamilton said of the now netminding Subban. “He could skate and pretty much do everything. As a goalie, I haven’t seen him too much, but I know he’s pretty athletic and can make pretty spectacular saves and the easy ones as well. I’m excited to be here with him.”

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Notes from Day 1 of development camp at 12:52 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins have wrapped up the first day of their development camp, with media availability finishing up just after 12:30 p.m. Here are some quick notes from the first day:

- The Bruins wouldn’t divulge the specifics on Alexander Khokhlachev’s situation. The 18-year-old forward for Windsor of the OHL is rumored to be headed for the KHL next season, but assistant general manager Don Sweeney said “those things aren’t set in stone.” Khokhlachev will speak Friday, while Peter Chiarelli is expected to eventually update the media on the 2011 second-round pick’s situation. Regardless of Khokhlachev’s plans for next season, Sweeney said he will be at training camp in September.

- Dougie Hamilton has added some bulk, and though he said he has gotten bigger since last season, neither he nor the Bruins said his exact weight (he finished the OHL season at 198 pounds). Hamilton said, “depending on the scale right now, 205 to 200.” Sweeney noted Hamilton will be bigger for training camp.

- Something you probably wouldn’t ever expect in Boston until last week: As the players got off the ice, there was a “Subban! Subban!” chant. It was for first-round pick Malcolm Subban, of course. Subban was one of six goalies in attendance.

- The distinction of most interesting goalie mask goes to Adam Morrison, who has the likes of Mr. Burns from The Simpsons and Doug and Bob McKenzie from SCTV on his mask.

- The only player on the camp roster not in attendance was forward Alexander Fallstrom, who is injured.

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Bruins kick off development camp at 11:07 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins opened their sixth annual development camp Thursday, as the team’s top prospects and other youngsters took the ice at Ristuccia Arena.

Among the players in attendance are Dougie Hamilton, Malcolm Subban, Alexander Khokhlachev, Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight. For the complete roster, click here. For some things to keep an eye on throughout the five-day camp, click here.

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Dougie Hamilton is bulking up… and coming to Boston? 06.26.12 at 3:27 pm ET
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The Bruins just may be adding another giant to their blueline this season.

Dougie Hamilton's junior coach expects him to make the Bruins this season. (AP)

Niagara IceDogs (OHL) general manager and head coach Marty Williamson told WEEI.com Tuesday that the team is not expecting to have defenseman Dougie Hamilton back next season. Hamilton, the Bruins’ ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft, had 17 goals and 55 assists for 72 points in 50 games for the IceDogs while playing between 25-28 minutes a night and occasionally logging more than 30 minutes a game.

Junior-aged played (under 20 years old; Hamilton turned 19 this month) can play up to nine games with their NHL team and be sent back to their junior team without a year being burned off their entry-level deal, but Williamson thinks Hamilton, who will headline this week’s development camp, will have a much longer stay in Boston than that.

“He’s NHL-ready. I would not expect him back,” Williamson said. “I know Boston’s on a different program than some teams — they’re winning every year — and maybe that would factor in or something, but I think he’s definitely going to start with them. We’ll see how his NHL career starts, but I sure don’t anticipate him being back.”

Hamilton had 12 goals and 46 assists for 58 points in his draft year in 2010-11, but topped those numbers in 17 less games (he was suspended 10 games for an elbow to the head). Though Hamilton was already elite entering the season, Williamson said his 2011-12 performance was on another level.

“Just a lot of growth in his game,” the coach said of what Hamilton brought. “His decision-making, he really started to use his body with his size and strength to win battles. The year before he was a little more kind reckless to some extent, and he always used his stick, and now he’s really starting to use that body. He was the top defenseman in Canada in the CHL awards, and he did everything for us.”

One area of focus for the 6-foot-4 defenseman has been the process of filling out his frame. He began the season at 193 pounds but was able to finish the season at 198 pounds, with the coach saying that he’s understanding his frame more and “playing a big game.” Williamson noted that it’s easier to add pounds when one isn’t playing every day, and that he would expect Hamilton to be “damn close to that 205, 210″ pounds by the time training camp opens in September.

Williamson used Erik Gudbranson, the player the Panther’s chose third overall in the 2010 draft (after Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin were drafted) to back up his point. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Gudbranson played 72 games last season as a rookie for Florida, putting up eight points (two goals, six assists).

“[Hamilton]‘s tall and lean, but he’s very strong. I even think that at 200 pounds, he’ll be fine [in the NHL],” Williamson said. “When you look at a Gudbranson last year, he really wasn’t much more than that. Gudbranon’s a good, safe defenseman. I think Dougie’s got a lot more range to his game, that’s why I think he’ll be able to make that transition.

Hamilton was the 2011-12 recipient of the Max Kaminsky Trophy for the OHL’s most outstanding defenseman of the year and was one of the league’s top statistical offensive performers despite missing 18 games. While Williamson doesn’t think the Bruins expect him to run the power play right away, there is enough that he’ll bring to the table in his rookie year.

“I think there’s a growing period with him,” Williamson said. “I think he can be a very safe defenseman right off the bat. I was recently at a coaching seminar at the draft and [Bruins coaches] Geoff Ward and [Doug] Jarvis were there, and I think those are the expectations.

“I really don’t think he’s stepping in as the [power-play] quarterback kind of guy right off the bat. I think he’s a couple years away from that at the NHL level, but I think he can take up minutes, I think he can be safe in his own zone. I think he can add offense. If there’s an area where he’s still got a little bit of growth, it’s probably as that quarterback. I think the rest of his game is pretty solid, but I still think he’s got a little bit of growth. He’s got a good shot, but not maybe a pro, pro shot for a top-unit power play. I think there’s some growth there, that he’ll still develop.”

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Dougie Hamilton suspended 10 games 01.19.12 at 6:59 pm ET
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Hamilton went ninth overall in June. (AP)

The Ontario Hockey League announced Thursday that Niagara defenseman Dougie Hamilton, the Bruins’ 2011 first-round pick, has been suspended 10 games.

Hamilton hit Sudbury’s Michael McDonald in the head with a high elbow in last Friday’s game between the IceDogs and the Wolves. Taken into consideration by the OHL was the fact that McDonald suffered a concussion on the play.

The ninth overall pick in June, Hamilton has put together a strong second season in the OHL. In 34 games, Hamilton has 13 goals and 37 assists for 50 points.

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Ryan Spooner to miss World Junior evaluation camp with mono 12.10.11 at 10:32 am ET
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In what our friend Kirk Luedeke notes is just a case of dreadful timing, Bruins prospect Ryan Spooner has mononucleosis and will miss Canada’s World Junior team evaluation camp, which opens Saturday.

Spooner, drafted with the 45th overall pick by the Bruins in 2010, has 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) through 27 games this season for the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Spooner won’t be replaced on the roster.

The center is one of two B’s prospects invited to Team Canada’s camp. Niagara IceDogs defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who is currently fifth in the OHL with 45 points (12 goals, 33 assists), will be in attendance. The Bruins drafted Hamilton ninth overall in June’s draft and signed the 18-year-old to an entry level contract on Thursday.

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Peter Chiarelli expects Dougie Hamilton to push for a job in Boston next season 12.08.11 at 7:51 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli met with the media prior to Thursday night’s game and said that he expects defenseman Dougie Hamilton, whom the Bruins signed to an entry level deal that day, to seriously compete for a job in training camp next year.

“I do,” Chiarelli said. “Based on what I saw [in this season's camp], and based on how I think he’ll develop, I think he will.

Hamilton has 11 goals and 31 assists for 42 points with the Niagara IceDogs in the OHL this season. If Providence’s season is still going on when Niagara’s season is over, Chiarelli said he would like to get Hamilton some time in the AHL on an amateur tryout agreement.

The B’s selected Hamilton with the ninth overall pick in June.

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