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Volden's International Journey

Friday, 07.08.2011 / 11:14 AM / Features
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Volden\'s International Journey
WILMINGTON, Mass. — As Lars Volden sat in the dressing room after the first development camp practice, he surveyed the media walking around the room. The goaltender was surrounded by fellow prospects conducting interviews and speaking about their experiences - and he was more than happy to contribute to the throng of media coverage.

It was a little different a few weeks ago, when the Boston Bruins selected goaltender Volden in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry draft, 181st overall.

“I had no words to say when they called me, like the media, in Norway,” Volden revealed. “I was really happy, and I’m really happy to be picked by this organization.”

The goalie’s happiness continued today, when he pulled on a Bruins sweater for the first time, taking to the ice in Ristuccia Arena. And he was still in good spirits after practice ended, despite numerous drills that saw the prospect goalies peppered with shots from their fellow players.

The Oslo, Norway native did admit to one particular challenge on the day, however, that the rest of the skaters didn’t necessarily face: jet lag.

“It was a long trip. First, I had to fly to Amsterdam, that’s like two hours, and then from Amsterdam to Boston, that’s eight or nine hours,” Volden said. “So it was a really long trip.

“I went to bed pretty early yesterday,” he added with a laugh.

Volden anticipates that over the duration of camp, with the proper rest, he’ll be able to produce the same sort of play he showcased this past season, when he played for the Finnish Junior League’s Espoo Blues, earning a .907 save percentage and 2.76 goals-against average in 24 games for the club.

The goaltender is also well-known in his native Norway, where the 6’3”, 198 pound Volden played for the Norway-based Stavanger Oilers in the 2009-10 season, when the club won the Norwegian Championship. That season, he posted a .880 save percentage and a 3.13 goals-against average in 10 games.

It was a performance that put him on the map- and his subsequent successes have cemented the attention the young goalie receives as his star continues to rise.

“They’re talking about me all the time and they’re calling me and talking about me, it’s really good, I like it,” Volden said, reflecting on the attention from back home as he heads into development camp.

“It’s going to be fun,” he added with a smile.

—-Elizabeth Traynor

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