O'Gara Blog - Entry 2: First Day on the Ice
Follow along every day as B's prospect Rob O'Gara shares his experience at his third development camp with the Black & Gold.
B's prospect and 2013 National Champion Rob O'Gara is in his third year at Bruins development camp after being selected by the Black & Gold in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
O'Gara has been kind enough to agree to keep a players blog to share his day-to-day experience during his time at Bruins Development Camp.
The defenseman joins camp after his first season at Yale, where he recorded seven assists in 37 games. The blueliner also had an assist and was on the ice for all four of the Bulldogs' goals in the NCAA National Championship Final against Quinnipiac University.
The 6'4'', 205-pound defenseman hails from Smithtown, NY
Rob O’Gara – Entry 2 – First day on the ice
I tried to get to bed early last night, earlier than I have in a while. After the welcome meeting last night, I kind of crashed. I hung out with my roommate Mitchell Dempsey in the room for a little bit and watched a couple episodes of “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” and then hit the hay.
It was an early wake up call this morning but I was really excited. The last couple of years were more nerves, but I think it was more nervous energy this year. I just wanted to get out there and show what I’ve got, I guess. I’m just excited to be playing with this kind of competition. Since the season ended, playing shinny hockey now and then, it’s not the same.
The first day of Development Camp was great. It was an early morning with the physicals and everything, but those are painless. I remember my first year two years ago, I was shaking just sitting there waiting to get a doctors appointment. This year, it’s calm. I’ve been talking with some of the guys, I was shy the first year – a deer in the headlights – but I’m more comfortable now.
But back to the testing, you just go as hard as you can. We didn’t have to run the 300 yard shuttle today but those are probably looming somewhere during the week. The skate was fun. The skate was really good; high tempo and it’s great to play against that competition. Everyone is going as hard as they can and you can’t ask for much more of that.
The rookies are doing well. As an example, I was sitting next to Wiley Sherman in the locker room and he was as cool as a cucumber, it’s crazy. I thought he looked great out there; the kid’s a monster. He was really good today and they all seem to fit in and feel comfortable. They seem more comfortable than I did back then. As I mentioned yesterday, I used to play with Ryan Fitzgerald, he looked great out there. He’s quick, he’s hard to cover. But to see the younger guys fit right in right away, it’s impressive. It says a lot about the Bruins organization and it’s a smaller group of guys, which is going to make for a fun week.
Our summer program at Yale and our program during the year and before our season starts is awesome. Mostly, once we get to school, we’re lifting with 25 other guys, which is a great atmosphere and you really push yourself to be better than that guy next to you so that you’re ready for the games.
I’ve been working really hard on the off-ice component and trying to get bigger and stronger. That’s really the biggest thing for me, I’m a string bean. Really, that’s been my biggest focus over the last couple years and I’m happy to see it progressing.
--As told to Jenna Gilberti