BOSTON – Torey Krug grew up in a hockey hotbed.
He knew what it was like to live in a city and a region enthralled with the game.
Krug’s hometown of Livonia, Mich., sits just 20 minutes west of Detroit – prime Red Wings territory and smack dab in the middle of Hockeytown’s reach.
So when he arrived in Boston as a 20-year-old, fresh out of Michigan State, Krug had high expectations for hockey culture.
It did not take long for those expectations to be trumped.
“I knew that Boston people were hard-working. They work for what they get and they earn it,” Krug said after signing a new four-year contract with the Bruins on Thursday afternoon.
“They’re very deeply involved and tied to their sports teams. But what I didn’t know was how big of a hockey town it is. I grew up in Detroit, which is nicknamed Hockeytown, but going through the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Finals, it really spoke volumes to me.
“And the passion that the fans have for hockey out here and the way the game is, with all the college teams…It seems to be a different culture out here.”
BostonBruin.com – The Boston Bruins selected forward Oskar Steen with the 165th overall pick Saturday afternoon at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.
"It’s really fun to be drafted," said Steen. "I always been dreaming about that and I’m really like excited now and to be drafted by Boston Bruins, it’s nice club and yeah it’s really fun."
Steen, who can play wing and center, described himself as a good two-way player.
"Very good team player, who can play an offensive game and a defensive game," said Steen. "So I think that’s my strength. I have really good passing and my shot is okay. And I think my playmaking is my biggest positive."
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BostonBruins.com – The Boston Bruins selected defenseman Cam Clarke with the 136th overall pick Saturday afternoon at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.
"It’s a feeling like no other," Clarke said from his home in Michigan, where he watched from home alongside his parents and girlfriend. "I was just sitting in there with my family and when it happened, it was just pure excitement, and to go to Boston, they’re an Original Six organization. It’s just — it’s something you dream of growing up and it’s a great feeling."
Clarke said he models his game after Washington Capitals blueliner John Carlson.
"I’m a good skating defenseman, good puck mover," said Clarke. "I’m really good with the puck and I have really great vision. I’m really good when I get into the offensive zone and making that first pass out of our D zone."
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BostonBruins.com – The Boston Bruins selected forward Joona Koppanen with the 135th overall pick Saturday afternoon at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.
"I think that the draft was awesome and I’m really excited for the draft to Boston," said Koppanen.
The Finland native admitted he didn't know much about Boston, but was well aware that one of his countrymen mans the Bruins' net.
"I know that Tuukka Rask plays there....he’s Finnish guy and I like that," said Koppanen.
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BostonBruins.com – The Boston Bruins selected defenseman Ryan Lindgren with the 49th overall pick of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday afternoon.
"I honestly could not be more excited," Lindgren said just moments after being chosen by Boston. "They are one of the teams that seemed like they had a lot of interest in me. When you get selected by a team like the Boston Bruins, everyone knows what a great organization they are. I really could not be more excited."
Lindgren described himself as a hard-working defensive defenseman.
BostonBruins.com – The Boston Bruins selected forward Trent Frederic with the 29th overall pick on Friday night at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.
"I’m pumped," said Frederic. "It’s awesome. I’ve been to Boston many times growing up. It’s one of my favorite cities – I’m not lying to you about that one, just cause I’m drafted by them. It’s a great city and a great organization so I’m pretty excited."
Frederic described himself as a "two-way physical player that's good with the puck. Good up the middle, back and forth, good 200-foot game."
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BostonBruins.com – BostonBruins.com – The Boston Bruins selected Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy with the 14th overall pick on Friday night at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.
"Speechless," said McAvoy, just moments after being selected by the Bruins. "Boston’s an unbelievable city – great place, great people. Happy to be staying there."
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1st Round, 14th overall
Weight: 211 pounds
Birthday: Dec. 21, 1997 (18 years old)
Hometown: Long Beach, N.Y.
Last team: Boston University (Hockey East)
BostonBruins.com – Adam McQuaid did not receive a phone call or watch his name get called on live television.
No, McQuaid’s NHL Draft experience was a bit different.
The defenseman was picked by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round (55th overall) in 2005. That draft followed the 2004-05 lockout, which forced the event to be condensed into one day.
As a result, McQuaid was at home watching with about two dozen family and friends, frantically refreshing his computer.
Finally, he saw his name.
“It was kind of a unique draft because that was the year of the lockout, so it was unique in the sense of we really didn’t know what the draft order would be,” McQuaid remembered.
“It was a special day because I got to watch it at home, watch the first round on TV. The whole draft was done in one day, but the second round – I just kept refreshing on the computer and was lucky to see my name picked late in the second round by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“I just got to celebrate with friends and family so it was a pretty special memory for sure.”
McQuaid joined BostonBruins.com to reflect on his draft experience. The rest of the Q & A is below:
BostonBruins.com – Don Sweeney was in Florida for the NHL Draft last June. But at times it may have felt like his feet never touched the ground.
Sweeney’s first draft as Bruins general manager was a whirlwind. On the opening day of the draft, Sweeney made two major trades (Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton were moved) and selected three players (Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk, and Zach Senyshyn) in the first round.
The second day was not much quieter, as Sweeney made seven more picks over the draft’s final five rounds to bring Boston’s total to 10.
There is no telling what will happen this year in Buffalo, but with one draft under his belt Sweeney feels he has a better grasp of the process.
“You’d like to say you learn from experience and your feet are on the ground and you feel like you have a better lay of the land,” Sweeney said Thursday night at his pre-draft media availability in Buffalo.
“The last few days we’ve been in and out of meetings, on and off the phones to find out what’s available, and exploring every different option. But we’re excited about the draft.
“That’s what we’re here for, to continue to build.”
BostonBruins.com – Let the countdown begin.
Just 115 days remain until the Bruins take the ice for the start of the 2016-17 season.
The National Hockey League announced the full regular season schedule on Tuesday afternoon, revealing that the Bruins open on the road on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Columbus.
It is the first game of a three-game road swing, which also includes trips to Toronto and Winnipeg.
Boston returns to TD Garden for the home opener on Thursday, Oct. 20, for a tilt against New Jersey, followed by contests with Montreal and Minnesota.
“Every team starts from scratch,” said Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid. “It’s a new opportunity and the excitement of what could be…Pittsburgh, watching them all lift the Cup and [knowing] how special of a feeling it is and how much you want to do that again here.”