Bear Essentials: Happy Birthday Milt!
Bruins Legend Milt Schmidt is 90 Today
Wednesday, 03.5.2008 / 5:09 PM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com
|Milt Schmidt (in blue) with John Bucyk, Ray Bourque, Bobby Orr and Cam Neely
Recently, the B's Alumni sent out a notice, some of which read thusly:
Milt Schmidt will be celebrating his 90th birthday on March 5, 2008.
Many of us have been associated with Milt during his long Bruins career and have seen what he has meant to this organization. Milt was the only Bruins player to serve as player, captain, coach and General Manager. He then continued his career at the Garden as General Manager in the Madison Square Garden Club for another almost 20 years. And then coached our Bruins Alumni team for several years after that.
Now Milt is enjoying his retirement, golf whenever possible and, most importantly his friends and family.
Milt is an amazing guy. I got to meet Milt last season in Montreal and we did a podcast:
Bruins Legends: Milt Schmidt
Join me in celebrating his life and his career in Black & Gold! Happy Birthday Milt!
|Watch Shawn Thornton's Vlog|
We here at BostonBruins.com tried something new -- a player video blog.
Bruins beat cop Shawn Thornton was kind enough to be a guinea pig (nothing personal in that metaphor, Shawn) and with my handy dandy digital camera with video capabilities.
Thorts gave his intinerary for the day, some thoughts on the playoff push and the Bruins mood. Just click on Shawn's picture to see his first vlog or click this link.
BTW: We are trying to make this a regular feature, so let us know what you think! JB
Ok, with some help I got the video links working and am happily winding down my NHL evening.
You're saying to yourself, "So Bish, what went on at practice?"
Well, for those of you who did not click on Shawn Thornton video, Coach Julien gave most of the team a day off from on-ice training.
But the club had to sit through a video session.
"That was definitely better than stepping on the ice, today," said Julien. "We are going to have to be careful [with our players] to make sure that we have enough gas to pull through this whole month.
"Sixteen games in thirty days is not an easy schedule, so we have to make sure we utilize our players in a proper manner."
I asked coach if he had done anything different in terms of motivating his players.
"No," said Julien. "I think that was what the video sessions are for.
"I am one of those guys who needs to visualize, see things and talk about certain situations.
"It's a lot clearer when I see it and a lot of players are like that, too," he said.
Coach said that oftentimes players will actually think they are doing something the right way.
"But then when you look at it on video, you realize, 'Maybe I am not doing as well as I should'," said Coach. "It's about getting guys to [know] that we have to be a little better.
"And what I said last night, is still the same -- we have to keep doing the little things well [in order] to win hockey games.
"We just have to bring our guys back to understanding what needs to be done to get there," he said.