Hockey players are no strangers to helping their community through various charitable endeavors; they also frequent the links. Hockey and golf go glove in glove, it’s often a close second to the ice for most of your NHL favorites. The Boston Bruins are no different as they convened for the first official time this season at The International Golf Club and Resort in Bolton, MA; for the 9th Annual Boston Bruins Golf Tournament. The tournament similar to many other events during the season, benefited the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Boston Bruins Alumni Association. The Bruins Foundation is one of the strongest in the league, with continued efforts throughout the year that strive to help a variety of charities.
Following an extensive off-season, after facing 1st round playoff elimination back in May; the Bruins were ready to look ahead to the coming season and like fans are hopeful for the puck to drop on time come October. Lockout talk was inevitable before hitting the links and the players on hand were open to discussing the possibility of a delay of game.
Bruins Andrew Ference wears an NHLPA hat.
While the upcoming season is in the air, players will weigh their on ice options if they have to come September 15th. Bruins NHLPA team rep Daniel Paille has been a constant source of information for his teammates, attending both meetings and sitting in on calls throughout the entire process this summer. David Krejci would opt to skate on a team back in Czech, while goaltender Tuukka Rask would opt out of heading back to Finland. Not ideal in terms of wanting to excel on NHL ice; newcomer Torey Krug would welcome the opportunity to skate and develop more with the AHL affiliate Providence Bruins.
“I’m prepared for whatever they need me to do” said Krug, “I’ll go down there, work as hard as I can and keep trying to get better.”
Bruins’ Tyler Seguin
Tyler Seguin could perhaps take the same route, but it’s not an option that’s fully on the table quite yet or something that the young forward has begun to think about.
“I want to be playing hockey NHL first, I thought about playing AHL” said Seguin, “thought about going overseas, nothing firm right now.”
The idea of a delayed season is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, but the possibility of players hitting the ice on schedule is also in the playbook. “Right now” said Coach Julien, “my preparation is for the 21st.”
Players in attendance for today’s tournament; David Krejci, Shawn Thornton, Rich Peverley, Daniel Paille, Torey Krug, Patrice Bergeron, Johnny Boychuk, Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin, Andrew Ference, Anton Khudobin, Dennis Seidenberg, Tuukka Rask and Chris Bourque. It’s important to mention that some other Bruins notables had prior commitments and were unable to attend.