WILMINGTON, Mass. — Just like it’s four predecessors, the Bruins’ fifth annual development camp was supposed to be a learning experience on and off the ice.
With that in mind, I decided to ask a few of the players what one lesson — hockey-related or otherwise — they left Ristuccia Arena with today after camp ended.
Here’s a sampling of their answers:
“Maybe in paintball. I didn’t really want to get hit. I got hit a couple times and I kind of enjoyed it. It ended, I just wanted to keep playing paintball all day and didn’t really want to stop. It’s kind of been what I did all week, just go in with open eyes and you don’t know what to expect but at the end of the week, and the end of the day, you just want to keep going.”
“Paintball, I learned not to go run in and try to beat three people. I learned that the hard way. The power skating, I did a little bit of it back home. But Besa [Tsintsadze] has got a lot of little things that he imports from Russia, and it’s a lot of good stuff. … Learning that stuff was really great and is really going to benefit us in the long run.”
“I learned I’m not very good at paintball. But we’re going to play some golf today, so maybe I can show a thing or two.”
“Definitely just work ethic. Just always give 100 percent no matter what you’re doing on or off the ice. And definitely eat healthy and work hard in the gym.”
“More or less everything, how the organization runs and stuff like that.”
“It was really just great to get out there and especially the power skating, when you do stuff like that you’re not used to, it really expands your ability to skate. That was good to work on.”
“I think with [Don] Sweeney, he was working with me a lot. And just staying in between the dots and holding my position, especially letting the forwards back check. I think that helped me the most going into the scrimmages.”