OFFICIAL - Training Camp Thread
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09-20-2008, 02:28 PM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Just got back from the 10 a.m. skate...
-- went to 11:40, plenty of drills, no scrimmage.
-- probably about 100-150 fans there at the start.
-- at practices you see stuff like
for a couple of drills and taking him to the side for a few pointers, you wonder at the behest of coaches or just Chara being the team leader
-- No problems with Chara's shoulder to be seen from my seat
was first to the ice, waiting on the bench by a good 15 minutes ahead of everyone else...but then he also sat down a couple times on the ice during coaches' gather-rounds and I inexplicably saw him take a knee while in net and the drill was temporarily at the other end of the ice...he also drank more fluids than any other players by far (sorry, we were right next to the benches, hard not to notice).
(quick hands) and
(soft touch) looked sharp.
-- Nice smattering of applause for
when he arrived, he seemed ok but nothing awe-inspiring today
-- Pretty sure
spent all summer practicing how to send sending choppy bounce passes that miss the tape.
Off-ice practice notes
-- Off-ice, practices are very cool events that no one knows about, let's keep it that way, and this time they had face painting and air hockey for the little ones, etc.
-- If you're going, there's not a bad seat but sit on the home bench side to the right where the players go out -- the coaches do their gather-rounds and white boarding on the first glass adjacent to the home bench (not the side in between benches), that way you can see who's still winded as the coaches chat between drills, a surefire conditioning cue.
-- No food for sale on concourse, but you can bring food up from Dunkies.
-- Bruins inexplicably didn't make announcements of any kind, not even a welcome message on Jumbotron...compare it to Pats practices, they go as far as to narrate all the drills.
-- left-hand// right hand thing - they had papers taped to seats throughout the garden with prices on those seats still available for seasons tickets or 1/2 seasons, but they restricted access to the other sections so you couldn't look at them. I went up to look at what was available around my seat and the security guard kicked me out. Whatever.
-- I think a couple of players did autographs as they were leaving the ice; at least one kid got handed a stick, we saw him on way out.
-- I'd argue that a practice, if you've never been, is better than a pre-season game. You can pick any seat you want, It's Bruins vs. Bruins doing things you never see, and coaches interacting in ways you don't ever see, and it's a pleasure going to the Garden when everyone's so relaxed and parking/traffic not a thing.
-- I would definitely recommend if you've never been and I'll go again.
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