Welcome to Training Camp 2007, Part I
Wednesday, 09.12.2007 / 9:25 AM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com
The TD Banknorth Garden, in anticipation of hosting the veterans in their first (albeit optional) practice on Thursday is looking great and continues to ready itself for the new season. The ice is down and the locker room is ready and the new logos continue to appear everywhere.
Furthermore, if your B's paraphernalia needs an upgrade, the fine folks at the Bruins Pro Shop remind me that they will have the new Bruins jerseys available for sale exclusively from this Friday, Sept. 14th -to next Friday Sept. 21st.
They also have lots of new merchandise "bearing" the new logos as well -- I already have my newest Bruins ball cap, complete with the new walking bear logo. Outstanding!
By the way, if you need to contact the Bruins Pro Shop, click here.
Yesterday's pre-trade activity
As you can see from the official releases yesterday, the club is already in high gear off the ice. However, it seemed as if the pre-preseason practices were taken up a notch, as well. The team split itself into what looked like "Rookie" and "Regular" squads, with the Regulars being:
The older players kept their traditional drill-then-scrimmage setup. For the scrimmage they again split themselves into two teams for the now traditional post drill 5-on-5 game.
Both keepers played well, with Timmy using his "modified" butterfly at one of the ice and Manny using his more traditional style at the other end. What resulted was a few great saves from both keepers. Fernandez made the save of the day, however, and at one point dove to his right, sprawled along the goal line and gloved a point blank shot from a wide open forward.
At that moment It looked as if Manny had decided to test his knee and the knee passed.
I'm not the first one to offer this happy comparison, but with Thomas and Fernandez on the ice it seemed like shades of Reggie Lemelin and Andy Moog -- right down to Timmy's Mage, which bears a good resemblance to Lemelin's Cooper helmet and HM30 combo and Manny's traditional cats eye cage on the full-face mask bearing an open mouthed animal, just like Moog. Then again, Timmy has that, too. But whatever.
Way back in July, Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe interviewed Manny and mused about this year's goalie tandem and was one of the first to propose that comparison:
"I'm bringing back the bear, I think. You know, with the open mouth," he said, describing the intended paint job. "Just like Moog's."
How perfectly retro, and how perfectly problem solving, if Fernandez-Thomas morphed into the club's new-age Lemelin-Moog tandem. Fernandez, raised in Quebec (first in Sherbrooke and then Kirkland, closer to Montreal), stands to be Boston's first regular French-Canadian goaltender since Lemelin (with apologies to short-timers "Cousin" Vinny Riendeau and Felix Potvin).
Fernandez recalled not only that Lemelin was among the first NHL goalies to wear lightweight leg pads, but also the exact shape, design, and color of his French forefather's equipment. "The pads were square," Fernandez said. "Odd-looking. Different. They were his trademark." Lemelin, these days the Flyers' netminding coach, is 20 years older than Fernandez, but his revolutionary look two decades ago had Fernandez playing in pads just like Lemelin's…"
Other observations: There were newfangled socks on some of the players, obviously built in the new style by Reebok. They looked sleeker and were black down the sides and white on the front. The players taped them to their legs, just like they taped the old style hose.
It might just be me projecting, but I felt like Our Boys were getting a little bit tired of the pre-preseason activities and are ready to shift gears on Thursday in the Garden.
After the first team left the ice, and just like the older folks, the rookies hit the rink and immediately broke into drills.
Their squad consisted of:
In red were Bitz, Hunwick, Karsums, Pelletier and Rabbit. In teal were Collins, Curry, DiCasmirro, Hendricks and Trevelyan. The goalies wore black and shifted in and out (Brown, Rask, Sigalet).
Off-ice it was nice to see Milan Lucic, who just got back from Super Series. He took Tuesday's workout off. The youngsters, too, followed their drills up with a 3-on-3 game with red vs. teal.
And one more thing…
Adding a bit of Hollywood to this week's hockey happenings, “In the Crease,” a critically acclaimed hockey movie, will hit the screen at the 23rd Annual Boston Film Festival on September 15 at 4 p.m. The screening will take place at the AMC Loews Theatre – Boston Common at 175 Tremont Street in Boston. Glen Murray appears in the film as well as over a dozen other current and former NHL greats including Brendan Shanahan and Scott Niedermayer.
“In the Crease” is a feature length documentary film and tells the inspiring true story of a teenage hockey team and their quest to win a national championship. The movie also features many of the NHL’s top stars sharing their own personal stories and playing experiences.
The film was released on DVD nationwide in November 2006 and has topped internet sales rankings in both the U.S. and Canada as the #1 Bestselling Sports Movie.
Tickets for the Boston Film Festival screening are $8 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Massachusetts Hockey and a Q&A with the filmmakers will immediately follow the screening. To purchase tickets, go to the AMC Loews Boston Common or online at www.fandango.com.
To view learn more about the flick head over to www.InTheCreaseMovie.com.
Keep it here all day folks, there will be plenty to report!