Bruins Notebook/by Steve Conroy
Friday, September 19, 2003
MONTREAL - A group of Bruins luminaries made a trip to the hospital to see
Jonathan Girard yesterday and the visit seemed to have the same cheering
effect on them as they surely hoped it would have on the injured defenseman.
General manager Mike O'Connell, assistant GM Jeff Gorton and players Joe
Thornton and Glen Murray visited Girard at Hopital Sacre Coeur, where he has
been for almost two months since suffering multiple fractures, among other
injuries, in a horrific auto accident. The Bruins were in town for their
exhibition opener against the Canadiens, a game the B's won, 1-0, in
``You didn't know what to expect,'' said O'Connell. ``He still has the neck
brace, but he looked clear and he's speaking great. He's a very shy guy and
I didn't sense any shyness at all. In fact, I couldn't believe how good his
English was because I've never spoken that much before to him. But he's in
O'Connell said Girard is waiting for a bed at a rehabilitation facility.
Meanwhile, the 23-year-old Quebec native is getting around in a wheelchair.
MONTREAL - One might think P.J. Stock would be vulnerable to a little
complacency by now.
Since being acquired by the Bruins via the waiver draft two years ago, the
undersized brawler with the rapid-fire punching prowess has been one of the
most popular players on a talented team. He is enough of a fan favorite that
T-shirts dedicated to him began popping up in the FleetCenter stands his
first year and his entertaining, stream-of-consciousness journal on the team
Web site became a must-read for diehards last season.
Because of the dirty work he does and the emotional lift he can bring the
team, the 28-year-old Stock was rewarded with a two-year deal by management
in the offseason. Nevertheless, whether it's not in his nature to get a
bloated head or the fact that getting punched in the squash for a living
keeps him humble, Stock is doing his best not to take anything for granted.
``This game is funny. You never can be sure a lot of times,'' said Stock,
who returned to his native Montreal for last night's exhibition game against
the Canadiens. ``Sports pay very well, but at the same time you've got to go
to work every day ready to do your best because you don't know what's going
to happen the next day. The perfect example of that in football is Lawyer
Milloy. He played (for the Patriots) for eight years and he was one of their
captains, then one day he had to go.''
Thornton, Murray team up -- to see Girard
By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell, Globe Staff, 9/19/2003
MONTREAL -- Bruins captain Joe Thornton and right wing Glen Murray accompanied the team for last night's first exhibition game -- at Centre Bell against the Canadiens -- but their reason had nothing to do with the on-ice competition.
The two made the trip to pay a visit to defenseman Jonathan Girard, who has been at Hopital du Sacre-Coeur in Montreal recuperating from a serious car accident he was involved in July 24. The players, along with general manager Mike O'Connell and assistant GM Jeff Gorton, went directly from the airport to see how Girard was coming along.
"had never spoke that much before " or something to that effect.
there's a difference..
Me, I've attempted to speak to the kid a few times.. he is extremely shy and quiet...
hard to explain unless you are face to face with him..
HG knows him probably better than anybody here is my guess..
I'm pretty sure she'd back up just how quiet this young man is..
He is indeed very quiet/shy. It took close to two seasons of offering up supportive words to him and giving him pictures before he felt comfortable enough to say more than "hi" to me. Once he's comfortable with you, however, he's quite the little conversationalist.
I kinda feel sad that Girard will be lost at least for this season in this way.
I have never been a fan of his game...but this isn't how it is suppose to be!
All hockey fans i'm sure wish him well.
I also think it would be nice to keep him in mind from time to time to see how he is doing....I know we the fans, media and Bruins will do a good job in this way.
I will say with the loss of so many regular blueliners from last season...(Brown, Sweeney, Girard and by the looks Berard...and hope Boynton isn't another) it does open or set the lineup to see what we have in certain players.
McGillis will have alot of eyes on him for sure...I will be watching how well he handles this.
O'Donnell, Moran and Gill will be veteran leaders for this team.
They do need to sign Boynton to a nice deal...even if they have to bite a little to get it done...they have to get this guy into camp!
With so many options at the 6th and 7th slot with younger guys it will be interesting to see how it shapes up.