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Monday, 02.24.2014 / 3:12 PM / Features
By Jess Isner  - BostonBruins.com

BOSTON, MA - As the Bruins hit the ice for Monday’s practice, they were greeted by some special visitors — more than 600 of them, to be exact.

The lucky winners of the Massachusetts State Lottery Boston Bruins VIP Practice Experience had the opportunity to watch a B’s practice that featured plenty of special teams work and conditioning drills as the team prepares to face the Sabres in Buffalo on Wednesday night.

After practice, Bruins President Cam Neely addressed the crowd, followed by Assistant Coach Doug Jarvis, who issued a quick “Chalk Talk.” The fans even had the chance to meet and take photos with some of the Bruins, including Dennis Seidenberg, Torey Krug, Chris Kelly, Jordan Caron and Matt Bartkowski.

Monday’s session was an extra special one for the fans, as it marked the first day back on the ice for forward David Krejci and defenseman Zdeno Chara since returning from their Olympic experience in Sochi.

It was also particularly special for two young fans, Adriana and Sophia, who almost didn't make the journey with their mom due to some challenging car trouble. All was well, though, when they finally arrived at TD Garden and got to see one of their favorite players, Milan Lucic, on the ice in the Spoked-B.

Two fans in attendance, Jeff and Jason, who have been B’s fans for over four decades, agreed that Monday’s event was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“We had a blast,” said Jason. “I thought it was extremely informative. It was fun. You wonder as a fan, ‘Do they practice like high school kids? Do they practice like college kids? Is it more advanced?’ It was great. It was everything I was hoping it would be.”

For them, having the opportunity to get an insider’s perspective from Jarvis was the best part of the day.

“That was great — very informative. We really enjoyed it,” said Jason.

Jarvis enjoyed being back at TD Garden just as much as the fans did, with the team's last home game coming all the way back on February 8.

“We’re actually excited to be back at work today after a 10-day layoff,” Jarvis said. “Whenever you have a layoff, you obviously want to get back up to speed - but you have to ease your way back into the schedule.”

Jarvis spoke about the team’s itinerary for the upcoming road trip to Buffalo, and he gave the fans some insight into what an average day in the life of a Boston Bruin entails — from the time the B’s arrive at the rink, to what they eat for their pregame meals, to how they prepare for each and every opponent.

Jarvis also took a few questions from the crowd, touching upon the unique experience of being followed around by cameras for Behind The B, as well as what it was like to watch five of his players (plus Head Coach Claude Julien and General Manager Peter Chiarelli) and their journey to the Olympics. He even got a chance to talk about his own experiences playing in the NHL.

All in all, everyone on the ice was excited to have an audience, just as the fans were thrilled to see their Black & Gold in action.

“It’s a great relationship the organization has with the Lottery, and the players certainly don’t normally have this type of a crowd, so it was interesting for them,” Neely told the crowd. “I hope you enjoyed practice, and thanks for your support.”

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Krejci 80 19 50 39 69
P. Bergeron 80 30 32 38 62
J. Iginla 78 30 31 34 61
M. Lucic 80 24 35 30 59
B. Marchand 82 25 28 36 53
R. Smith 82 20 31 28 51
C. Soderberg 73 16 32 4 48
Z. Chara 77 17 23 25 40
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