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Day 1 of Boston Bruins Development Camp

The Boston Bruins development camp opened today with a practice, as well as off-ice team building exercises that aren’t open to the public, and new Bruin Malcolm Subban did a radio interview in which he jokingly said the thing he hated most about Montreal was his brother.

Bruins assistant general manager Doug Sweeney said that the development camp is designed to take the prospects out of their comfort zones, but also to help them build confidence and learn more about the Bruins organization so they can be prepared to compete on that level.

So maybe that’s why the prospects’ first day team-building exercise involved, rather cryptically, the beach, ocean and two military men.

Aside from the grueling team-building exercise, Subban was the focus of much of the day, from when he took to the ice dressed in a black practice sweater bearing the number 81 to when he jokingly told Boston sports radio that his brother PK is what he dislikes most about Montreal.  On more serious terms, he added that his goal is to make the team next season. He’s aware that he may not reach that goal, but he doesn’t want to get into that mindset, though he does need to adjust to the faster speed of NHL play.

Alexander Khokhlachev was also the focus of talk related to his age and his post-camp plans. Because he is so young, too young to play for the AHL Providence Bruins, he will go play for the KHL Spartak Moscow in the fall. Interestingly, his dad works in the front office for that team. He will eschew a third year of playing juniors for the OHL Windsor Spitfires simply because he’s done so well in the first two years–take, for example, his 69 points in 56 games last season. The KHL is definitely a big jump in terms of speed, skill and age of fellow players, so it could be useful experience for Khoklachev with the hopes of cracking the Bruins lineup some time after that.

Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton were seen together as a defense pair during the practice session. Krug has already had his NHL debut, after signing with the Bruins in March following the end of the season at Michigan State University, but Hamilton hasn’t yet, though it could very well happen this season. Consider that his coach for the OHL Niagara IceDogs doesn’t expect him to be back in the fall. It’s possible these two could pair up more often after this camp ends.

Speaking of Krug, he did so well in the off-ice team-building component that he won a T-shirt.