|Some more prepared than others as Zdeno Chara, Chris Kelly and Patrice Bergeron return||01.09.13 at 2:00 pm ET|
Three of the Bruins’ leaders were back skating with their teammates Wednesday, as captain Zdeno Chara and alternate captains Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly joined eight other B’s on the ice at Agganis Arena after spending the lockout playing in Europe.
All three players spoke highly of their time in Europe, as Chara played for Prague Lev of the KHL and Bergeron and Kelly played in different leagues in Switzerland. Bergeron actually played right wing for HC Lugano of the Swiss-A league, but it wasn’t the strangest experience had by a Bruin in Switzerland. That distinction might go to Kelly, whose first game for HC Red Ice was a little more taxing than he expected.
“I think they thought I had just played in the playoffs and was swinging over there, but I hadn’t played a game in seven months,” Kelly said. “I think I played about 40 minutes that night, so the legs were a little tired. It went into overtime, so it wasn’t like you could kind of pick your shifts to catch your breath.”
Despite the first game catching him a bit off guard, Kelly called his month in Switzerland “a great experience.” Though he returned to North America (he spent the last month or so in Ottawa) in game shape, he was at least a little rusty when it came to packing his hockey bag for Wednesday. He took the ice in Tyler Seguin‘s HC Biel jersey, as he had forgotten socks and a jersey.
“It’s funny when you get used to having a jersey and socks in your stall and then you’ve got to scramble to find a jersey and socks, and asking guys if they brought an extra towel to shower with after,” Kelly said. “It will be nice having a towel at the rink.”
The Bruins had 11 players in Europe at one point or another during the lockout, something that Kelly feels should be an advantage from a preparational standpoint as teams get ready for the 48-game regular season.
“It was never about the money or anything like that or going over there of a vacation,” he said. “I know guys in this locker room extremely well, and if they went over to play, it was to play hard and help that team and play hockey.”
|Bruins gear up for training camp||01.07.13 at 1:18 pm ET|
With training camp a matter of days away, a group of Bruins players had some pep in their collective step at an informal practice Monday at Agganis Arena.
Present for the skate was Andrew Ference, Tyler Seguin, Shawn Thornton, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, Adam McQuaid and Gregory Campbell in addition to a group of local NHLers. McQuaid is still getting his strength back as he recovers from blood clot surgery, but he was taking wrist shots and slapshots Monday.
Seguin said after the skate that “words can’t describe” how much he’s missed the NHL.
“Just from hanging out with the guys, seeing everyone and obviously the game,” he added. “It’s been a long couple months.”
The third-year NHLer said that while he spent plenty of time during the lockout when it was going to be resolved, he also kept the fans in mind.
“I felt sorry [for them],” Seguin said. “I mean, I want to apologize for everything that happened, but hopefully we can move forward from here. Obviously we’re going to play our hearts out the next 48 games and play for the fans out there.”
|There is a horse named ‘ThankyouKessel’||12.06.12 at 12:39 pm ET|
As hockey fans await whether the news with CBA negotiations is good or bad, here’s something that will at least make Bruins fans grin.
Bruins fan Joe MacIsaac owns and trained a harness racing horse that runs frequently in Toronto. The name of the horse? “ThankyouKessel.”
“ThankyouKessel” is of course the chant that fills TD Garden whenever the Leafs are in town, as the trade of Phil Kessel to Toronto in 2009 netted the B’s three draft picks that ended up becoming Tyler Seguin, Jared Knight and Dougie Hamilton.
Here’s video of the horse and the owner, from Greg Wyshynski and the fantastic folks at Yahoo! Sports’ Puck Daddy blog.
|Report: Chris Kelly headed to Switzerland||10.31.12 at 12:10 pm ET|
|Bruins away from Boston roundup: Anthony Camara continues to impress||10.08.12 at 12:21 pm ET|
Here’s the latest check on the Bruins’ stats as they play elsewhere during the lockout. Not everyone is in action quite just yet, as Patrice Bergeron (Switzerland) and Andrew Ference (Czech) have signed with their teams but have yet to play. Shawn Thornton is still looking for work, so keep an eye on that situation as it unfolds.
[Certain leagues’ stats take a little longer to surface on the various hockey statistics sites (HockeyDB is used for most of these), so some statistics might not be up to the day/hour/minute/etc.]
Swiss National League A
– In four games for EHC Biel, Tyler Seguin has one goal and two assists for three points and and a minus-4 rating. For any college hockey fans out there, Seguin is teammates with former UNH forward Jacob Micflickier in Biel.
– Zdeno Chara has a KHL game under his belt after choosing to play for Prague Lev last week. Chara did not record any points and has an even rating.
– 2011 second-round pick Alexander Khokhlachev has struggled mightily with Moscow Spartak, and the 19-year-old could be leaving the KHL to return back to the OHL. The Windsor Spitfires, Khokhlachev’s OHL team, claimed the playmaking center on re-entry waivers last week to secure his rights in the event that he does return. In 14 KHL games, the Moscow native has one goal and a minus-5 rating. Khokhlachev only had OHL seasons under his belt before opting to play for Moscow Spartak, the team of which his father is the general manager.
– In seven games for Moscow Oblast Atlant, Bruins backup goalie Anton Khudobin has a 2.88 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage to go with his 2-3-2 record.
Czech Elite League
– After finally securing a deal in the Czech Elite League last week, David Krejci has one goal and an even rating through two games for HC Pardubice.
– Ference is in the Czech Republic and had his first practice for Ceske Budejovice HC on Monday morning.
Deutsche Eishockey League
– In two games for the Manheim Eagles, Dennis Seidenberg has not recorded any points and has an even rating game. Seidenberg chose the Eagles as his team for the lockout so he could play with his brother, forward Yannic Seidenberg.
– Through three games for JyP HT Jyvaskyla of the SM-liiga, Bruins forward Rich Peverley has one assist and four penalty minutes.
– Tough guy Anthony Camara continues to dominate in his fourth OHL season after scoring a hat trick in the season-opener. Through seven games for the Barrie Colts this season, Camara has seven goals and three assists for 10 points and a plus-1 rating. The Bruins’ third-round pick in 2011 also has 15 penalty minutes this season. It should be worth noting that Camara’s career high for goals in the OHL is 16, a number he should far surpass this season. Camara’s scoring has steadily increased over his OHL career, as he went from six to eight to 16 in his first three seasons.
– In seven games for the Niagara IceDogs, Dougie Hamilton has three goals and four assists for seven points and a plus-7 rating. Hamilton also has four penalty minutes.
– 2012 first-round pick Malcolm Subban has a 2.18 goals-against average and .929 save percentage through five games for the Belleville Bulls. His record this season is 3-2.
|Bruins away from Boston roundup: Stats from around the world||10.01.12 at 12:05 pm ET|
With the NHL still locked out and lovin’ it (not really, but that’s catchy), here’s a look at how some of the B’s players and prospects are faring in various other leagues. Some players, such as Andrew Ference, have yet to join their new teams, while other players in the area still may elect to sign elsewhere, so these roundups will get longer as the weeks go on.
Swiss National League A
– Tyler Seguin‘s first game with EHC Biel left him with a stat line fans might like but Claude Julien would consider a nightmare: one assist and a minus-4 rating. There are plenty more points to come for Seguin, with the 20-year-old probably eager to improve that plus/minus. Remember, Seguin had a plus-34 rating last season, something that was undoubtedly aided by the fact that he was on a line with the Selke winner.
– Alexander Khockhlachev has one goal and a minus-5 rating through 11 games in the KHL. The plan was for the Bruins’ 2011 second-round pick to play in the KHL this season regardless of CBA goings on, as a season with the Moscow Spartak working for his father (Igor Khokhlachev is the team’s general manager) figured to be more beneficial than a third turn turn in the OHL for the 19-year-old.
– In five games for Moscow Oblast Atlant, Bruins backup goalie Anton Khudobin is 2-1-1 with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
– Dougie Hamilton scored his first goal of the season on Sunday night in Niagara’s 5-4 loss to Kingston, a game in which Hamilton added an assist and had a plus-4 rating. Through four games in his fourth season with Niagara, Hamilton has a goal and three assists for four points and a plus-6 rating with four penalty minutes. Hamilton will join the Bruins for camp if and when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
– 2011 third-round pick Anthony Camara has a whopping five goals and six points through five games this season for the Barrie Colts. The tough guy has added 10 penalty minutes and has a plus-1 rating. Three of those goals came in the form of a hat trick in Barrie’s season-opener.
Remember, Camara was a somewhat surprising pick when the B’s grabbed him as early as they did in 2011, as he had totaled just 14 goals in two OHL seasons to that point. Last season, Camara had 16 goals between Saginaw and Barrie, and it’s clear that his exponential offensive improvement is still going. Keep an eye on Camara, as his grit and newfound scoring touch could one day make him an ideal Bruin.
– Through four games with Belleville, 2012 24th overall pick Malcolm Subban is 2-2-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters Friday that the B’s could bring Subban to camp this season the way they will with Hamilton, but you’d have to think that would be very unlikely given how far away from NHL-ready the 18-year-old is.
|Nathan Horton won’t play hockey during lockout||09.21.12 at 10:28 am ET|
While Bruins players are quickly finding places to play during the lockout, at least one player won’t be going anywhere. Nathan Horton, who has been shut down in each of the last two seasons due to concussions but was cleared for contact over the summer, will not play hockey during the lockout, Horton’s agent told WEEI.com on Friday.
Agent Paul Krepelka said that Horton is “doing well” and that his decision to not play hockey during the lockout “has nothing to do with his health. Just his personal choice.”
Horton, 27, did not play again last season after suffering his second concussion in seven months in a 6-5 win over the Flyers on Jan. 22. In 46 games last season, the right wing scored 17 goals and added 15 assists for 32 points. Horton also saw his 2010-11 season end early when he suffered a concussion on a hit from Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Horton had been in Florida this summer, but recently came back to Boston. He’s expected to stick around until things pick up with the NHL.
Thus far, David Krejci and Andrew Ference (Czech Extraliga) as well as Tyler Seguin (Swiss Elite League) have already made agreements to play overseas during the lockout. Dennis Seidenberg is expected to eventually go to Germany to play with his brother Yannic Seidenberg in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.