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Bear Tracks on the Road Again

John Bishop, the Boston Bruins beat writer who traveled around eastern Canada last month to visit Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Patrice Bergeron and Jordan Caron in their hometowns during the offseason, is on the road again.

The second lap of the Bear Tracks tour is taking a different itinerary: first to Stamford, Conn. to visit Torey Krug, and then over the border to Canada to see Rich Peverley, Gregory Campbell and Tyler Seguin in different cities of Ontario. This time, too, there’s a special Bear Tracks sign that looks like a yield sign and is kind of like a Flat Stanley doll–it’s used to show where the tour has been.

Visiting Krug, who has decided to make a summer home base in Connecticut, was first on the agenda. He showed viewers around the city of Stamford, including some colorful horse statues that have become fixtures around town, and talked about his need to eat well and keep training so he can make a good impression in the big league. He seems to be doing well with his strength training, though–he was shown squatting more than 400 pounds–but said that he needs to keep up because if he doesn’t, he’ll get complacent.

He also kept it down-to-earth: though he piled his salad at Whole Foods full of healthy nosh, and mentioned that bison meat is a favorite of his for its protein, he admitted that he would go for chocolate ice cream if he could break his diet. Plus, he explained the meaning of a tattoo on his arm, the word ‘mettle,’ which is also tattooed on the left arms of his dad and his brothers. They all have the word inked on them to represent what they’ve been through and the hope to keep being strong in the future.

Plus, he pointed out a nice little nugget of knowledge: there is a place to park in Stamford that costs just 50 cents.

The tour then went north through New York state to Ontario. Check out this shot of the Bear Tracks sign at beautiful Niagara Falls–a reminder of Daniel Paille‘s day with the Stanley Cup. Passing through Toronto, the tour hit its next stop in Guelph to see Peverley, who enjoys the quiet atmosphere of the city. Did you know: Guelph is home to John McCrae, who wrote the famous poem “In Flanders Fields.” (I had to memorize that in fifth grade. Most of it has been lost to time, but I do still remember the opening line.) Guelph is such a hospitable town to Peverley, though, that there’s a juice bar serving a special drink called the Peverley Crush. It’s blended fruits, fresh orange juice and crushed ice. Yum!

Peverley showed off a collection of his old sweaters, representing the steps he took to the Bruins, including the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals plus the NHL’s Nashville Predators and Atlanta Thrashers. He also has framed jerseys from his appearance in the 2010 World Championship and, of course, the 2011 Stanley Cup championship.

He works out hard, even on a Sunday morning, and reports that he’s feeling great after having to sit out some time this past season with injury. The Guelph gym where he trains has a signed Bruins jersey of his hanging on the wall. But even after a hard day’s work, you gotta reward yourself, and Peverley did by doing an excellent cannonball into his backyard pool. By the way, his diet-cheat delight: poutine.

Question and answer sessions on Twitter are very popular with fans and this one was no different. Peverley revealed that he isn’t very good at golf, he admired Joe Sakic and Steve Yzerman growing up, he rooms with David Krejci on the road and he loved Shawn Thornton‘s acting debut in the movie “Ted.” He’s also a soccer fan and is excited that the Premier League is starting its season again.

Also, his dog Bear celebrated his fifth birthday. The name might be prophetic. Maybe.

Next up on the Bear Tracks tour: Campbell and Seguin. Stay tuned for more from the road!