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Bruins practice was suppose to start at 11:30, but somewhere between last night’s win and this morning, practice became optional. I didn’t know this, and arrived at Ristuccia at 10:30, and saw Patrice Bergeron arrive, with laptop. (Maybe he had some e-mails to catch up on?) Bitz and Julian arrived shortly after. When my friend Colleen arrived, we headed into the Ice Box.
As we waited (And waited) for the Bruins to take the ice; Wheeler, Morris, Boychuk and Savard all came in together through a side door. I yelled out “HI Blake Wheeler!” and got nothing in return. Whatever, Wheels! Denis Wideman arrived, alone, and quickly went into the locker room.
The waiting continued and Colleen and I debated whether or not the Bruins were going to hit the ice, or if they were doing off ice training. Finally we decided to brave the weather and stand outside to see the players arrive (leave?). Outside were about 7 – 10 autograph hounds, with their stuff to sell on E-Bay. These people amaze me! For the most part, none of them know one player from the next and constantly ask “Who’s that?” then scramble to find something for that player to sign.
We saw Thornton and Bitz leave, each with their own Winter Classic jersey. Neither said why they had them. Wheeler came out, no jersey in his hand, and walk right by me. Again, I said “Hi Wheels!” and NOTHING!! Now, I know I’m short, but he’s not deaf! Blake Wheeler, you are dead to me!
Wideman came out then and no one….NO ONE stopped him for an autograph. I actually felt bad. So bad, that when Wideman said hi to me, I said hi back. But I didn’t like doing it.
Now I could hear noise coming from inside the rink and went in to see who was there. Milan Lucic, Mark Stuart (yay!) Adam McQuaid and Patrice Bergeron were on the ice, with Tuukka Rask in net. Bergeron was working with John Whitesides, on one side of the rink; while the others trained with Doug Houda. Bergy did mostly skating and shooting drills, while the others did a timed shooting drill that turned into a skating drill. After Looch and Stuey failed to score on Rask; each had to skate back and forth, on the short part of the rink, four times. However, when Looch did score on Rask, Tuukka had to do the same, resulting in an over excited Tuukka slamming into the boards and sliding into the net. Needless to say, everyone had a good laugh. I thought Stuart looked great out there and was keeping up easily with Lucic. It will be a race between him and Bergeron on who will return, to the line-up, first.
Chara made an appearance, inside the rink. He spoke with a few people and said hello to the four fans, myself included, sitting in the stands. (See Wheeler! Chara said HI to me!).
By now it was 2pm, and everyone was finishing up. I had to leave to pick up my little guy from school, plus my feet were so cold, they were starting to hurt.
Other than me raspy, tranny like voice – I’m fully recovered from The Winter Classic. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fully explain how amazing of an experience it was. It’s one thing to watch it on tv, but to be there is another thing.
@Lucichick & I completely lucked out. Yeah, we paid a lot for our tickets(don’t ask) – but our seats were amazing! We pretty much had the perfect view of the rink! I don’t think I would have done it differently. If you saw me after the game or as the people I met up with afterwards can attest to, I was floating! I think that’s the only way to describe how happy I was. I just wish you could have experiences it in person. If you’d like to see the rest of my pictures – go here or go behind the cut to read about my take on the Winter Classic.
@ComicGirl8 is back and she wants to share with you her thoughts on the Winter Classic that just occurred. I’ll be posting later on about the game….I’ve finally recover somewhat. haha If you want, comment on what you thought of the Winter Classic and who do you think should be showcased next time around! – Cameron Frye
I, sadly, did not attend the Winter Classic. In the words of my favorite hockey player, “It wasn’t meant to be”. However, since the same game that was played at Fenway; was also on my tv, here’s my two cents. Continue reading
Which rookie Flyer needs a little help with the ladies? The hopeless Wildcat needs his former World Junior’s Teammate/Terrier to find him a date in Boston tonight?
I wonder what his girlfriend has to say.
You know you love me!
I didn’t know the Bruins practice was cancelled in Wilmington today, until I got there. My friend Colleen and I were informed by some skinny woman, whose husband “saw it on Twitter. I’m not lying!” This was the same woman who earlier, grilled me on the ins and outs of Ristuccia. I should be paid by the Bruins, to give out all this info to the newbies. However I saw Milan Lucic arrive to the rink, so I knew someone was going to use the ice.
Needless to say, Wilmo was pretty busy, with about 50 people showing up; mostly kids who were on school vacation. Most of whom left before the practice ended.
Milan Lucic practiced alone, with Coach Doug Houda. Houda put Looch through the typical skating and stick handling drills, and from my completely uneducated opinion, Lucic looked great. He seemed to have a lot of movement on his left leg and his stick handling has improved greatly.
About half way through the practice, Mark Stuart made an appearance, at the far end of the rink. He was dressed this time, so I can’t comment on his balls. He spoke with Looch for a few minutes, and then disappeared.
However, after practice had ended, and I stood out in the unbelievable cold for 25 minutes, I learned the sad truth.
Milan Lucic: (after I waved to him) How are you?
Comicgirl8: Cold! How are you feeling?
ML: Pretty good.
C8: Are you going to be ready to play on Friday?
ML: No, it’s still not 100% healed yet. I’ll probably be out another 7 to 10 days.
I wished Milan a Happy New Year, and he smiled and said “Same to you.” And then drove off. By now, I was so frozen, all I could do was, sadly, leave as well.
So no Looch on Friday. I’m not that surprised. I mean, we all kind of knew he wouldn’t be playing. I just think we wanted to admit it. *Le Sigh*
- ComicGirl8 (Thanks for the report!)
So if you haven’t heard, there’s a little game going on at Fenway Friday(possibly Saturday) between the Bruins and the Flyers. It’s kind of a big deal and the hottest ticket in town since the last Ernie & The Automatics gig.
So if you’re looking for a way in, Milan Lucic is here to help! Milan has teamed up with Celebrities for Charity and wants to help you get into the sporting event of the season. Just head on over to NetRaffle.org and purchase a raffle ticket for $2.00(minimum purchase is 5) and you’ll be entered to win 4 tickets to the Winter Classic at Fenway Park and an autographed Milan Lucic Winter Classic Jersey.
Proceeds of the raffle will be going to the Joey Fund. The Joey Fund, which works in partnership with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was started in November of 86 in memory of Joey O’Donnell and has raised over $35 million dollars. For more info on The Joey Fund, click here.
If you are interested in buying a couple tickets, better act fast – the raffle closes on tomorrow, December 30th @ 1pm! Good luck!!
Even after last night’s 2-0 victory in Ottawa against the Senators, the Bruins were back in Boston this morning and ready for practice. The team had a bit of a late start, allowing injured forward Milan Lucic to take the ice. Lucic skated with assistant coach John Whitesides for about 15 minutes; doing fast laps and stick-handling/passing drills. He bounced a lot of shots off the glass, which were received by shrieks from the fangirl troupe huddled near the doors. Note: hockey is loud, keep this in mind before coming to Ristuccia. It is also cold, so stop whining loudly about how the heat’s not working.
Lucic left the ice, and in the lull before the regular practice, Tim Thomas strolled by me, decked out in tight Under Armor and gym shorts. The Starbucks barista in me noticed that he was drinking generic coffee. For shame, Timmy. He made up for it by wishing me a Merry Christmas.
Also spotted was Vladimir Sobotka, rocking a taped up right lower-thigh and workout gear. As you will recall, Sobotka took a Chara shot to the leg and left the ice for part of last night’s game. Mark Stuart was also wandering around off ice, which pleased me greatly. Not only because I like the defenseman, but because his shorts were very, umm, flattering in the crotchal region, and he seemed to know it, the way he was parading himself around the arena. He and Sobotka appeared to be doing off-ice workouts, and contrary to other reports, they were both in attendance.
The rest of the team took to the ice about a half hour later than scheduled, wearing their Winter Classic pants and helmets. The pants are dark brown with a gold stripe down the leg, and apparently Johnny Boychuk’s were too big, as he had to drop his gloves to tighten and readjust himself.
Practice consisted mostly of game situation drills. They all looked pretty confusing to me, but one in particular even tripped up the players. Luckily, they all found their confusion hilarious. The offensive lines were pretty messed up, due to absences, but it worked out well in the end.
Other observations worth noting: Dennis Wideman did not fall. Adam Wozniewski almost did. The Bruins began practice by shooting on a child-size two-foot high goal with Tuukka Rask defending. I’m not sure what purpose this served, but it was pretty comical to watch. Sobotka, Stuart, Derek Morris, and Michael Ryder were missing from the on-ice festivities. And the fangirl squad ended up leaving before the team even came out. *** By @SweetCaroline04