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Stuart Returns to Mass. with Mass

Tuesday, 09.09.2008 / 2:46 PM / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room.
Newton’s Second Law states: Force equals mass times acceleration.

So, clearly, Boston Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart is a scientist.

No, Stuey did not return to Colorado College over the summer to add a Physics major to his academic transcript.

Let’s just say that the already thick Boston blueliner added mass and came back to New England resembling a Sherman Tank.

Stuey looks thicker than he did the last time he appeared in town and at least one of his teammates greeted him in the locker room with the exclamation of “Holy cow, look at your neck.”

When he was asked about the added muscle, Stuart just grinned, then he nodded and said, “I basically just tried to get leaner and I think I’ve done that.

“I think I’ve gotten stronger.”

Stronger, huh?

That’s somewhat hard to imagine, as Mark always tended to look as if he lived in a gym when he wasn’t on the B’s back line, but apparently that’s exactly where he was for most of the offseason.

“I’m happy with the training,” said Stuart of his workout regimen. “It went very well.

“I trained at the same place as I usually do, near Minneapolis, with a lot of other NHL and pro players.

Boston Bruins' Mark Stuart (45) checks Toronto Maple Leafs' Jiri Tlusty (11), of the Czech Republic, into the boards. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
“So we had a pretty good group of guys to work out with,” he said.

There’s no doubt that Stuart was in demand as a spotter in the weight room, but he insists that he did include some down time into his summer plans.

“I did some fishing,” he said. “I went to see my parents a lot.

“I relaxed and saw friends and really just hung out in Minnesota.”

But now summer is over and the blueliner is happy to be back on the ice.

“It’s always nice to come back and have that competition,” said Stuart. “It was a little bit of an adjustment because you haven’t had that contact and competition during the summer, but you fall back into it pretty quickly.

“It’s good being here early to build on that training and have some momentum going into camp.”

But momentum is defined as the mass of an object multiplied by the size of the object's velocity.

No problem.

Stuart had that covered, as well.

“I am always working on my skating,” he said. “It’s something that I can always get better at.”

Notes: Johnny Boychuk, Martin St. Pierre and Zach Hamill were the new faces at the informal session, a captain’s practice which saw some drills and a scrimmage…Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara added a parachute to the mix. The two men skated several laps around the rink using the parachute as drag in order to coax the most power out of each stride…Aaron Ward was back to his old tricks and consistently harassed Milan Lucic all morning…Tim Thomas joined Manny Fernandez and Kevin Regan between the pipes.

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