School is in Session for Blades & Hunwick
Thursday, 08.30.2007 / 8:49 AM / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com
|Blades and the backpacks
Countdown to Kindergarten is an opportunity for parents and their new kindergartners to enjoy an afternoon of games, activities, food and fun. The event focused on helping children and families get ready for kindergarten. All of the kindergartners in attendance wore “I’m going to kindergarten!” Black & Gold colored t-shirts.
Boston Bruins Executive Vice President Charlie Jacobs, the founder of the Bruins Foundation, his wife Kim, Bruins Director of Development Bob Sweeney, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and new Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson joined outgoing Superintendent Michael Contompasis for the educational fun.
Oh, and we must not forget Blades the Bruins mascot was there to greet and entertain the children!
In addition to enjoying free access to the museum’s many exhibits, the new students had the chance to climb aboard a real school bus, sign up for library cards, grab healthy snacks, ask last-minute school questions and take advantage of free dental and vision screenings.
The Boston Bruins Foundation provided funding for 1,000 Boston Bruins backpacks and all of the kindergarten students in attendance received a beautiful B's backpack filled with necessary school supplies.
Good luck kids!
Becoming a familiar face
Starting with the Bruins Development Camp and continuing through this month's preseason tune-ups, Hunwick has shown a desire to be on the ice as much as possible.
Now, with vaunted pros like Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard skating alongside him, the young defenseman is getting just a taste of what a true NHL training camp is like.
"The players at the Development Camp were obviously skilled," said Hunwick. "(The biggest change is) just the maturity of the guys that I am skating with now, like Chara and Savard -- guys who are NHL All-Star caliber.
"Having a chance to play with and against them a little bit, and see more of what the NHL game is like and what it takes to get there, has been nice."
I'll tell you what's been nice, from a Bruins perspective -- seeing how hard Matt works.
However, Hunwick says that he could use the few days left between now and September 13th to get his game in higher gear.
"Development Camp was good, as far as continuity with the young guys," explained Hunwick, "but it's been good skating with the older guys.
"I am happy camp is still a couple of weeks away…I'd like to get my feet under me a little bit more and really get ready.
"It will really be good once more guys get back," he said.
But what about those guys? Is it intimidating to be skating with NHLers?
"I think as a young guy, players are in awe of the guys they watch on TV," mused the former captain of the Michigan Wolverines. "Right now though, it's not too bad. I am enjoying it.
"It's still hockey, you are just playing with different guys.
"It's still the same game," he said.
More from Wilmo, later...