As other NHL teams, including the Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks, begin holding practices modified by the lockout, reportedly the Boston Bruins are doing the same. However, the report comes with a strange twist: two Bruins beat reporters, working for different organizations, were reportedly asked to leave the Harvard ice arena and were told that practices there would be closed to the media and public.
Steve Conroy, who writes for the Boston Herald, and Joe Haggerty, who is with CSN New England, were both told to leave Cambridge’s Bright Hockey Center, Haggerty said on his Twitter. (Conroy does not appear to have his own Twitter for further verification of this report.)
The Harvard athletics department representative who told Conroy and Haggerty to leave said that all practices there would be closed to the public and the media. It’s common for some practices during a regular season to be closed to the public, especially on TD Garden ice (which is, of course, out of the question at the moment) and for the media to have separate availabilities during practices, but it is unusual for both sectors to be closed off altogether.
The Bruins are unable to use their typical and official practice facility at Ristuccia Memorial Arena–it has been locked out to them too–but Shawn Hutcheon noted that players can rent ice on their own and skate elsewhere around the city. Hockey-rich Boston does have many rinks that could be used by the Bruins and perhaps other arenas, like at Boston College or Boston University, would have more relaxed policies on allowing at least the fourth estate to attend, if not the public.
Interestingly, during the NFL lockout last summer, the New England Patriots also closed their workaround practices at Boston College to the public and media.
As the reporters who work independently of the team are always an important method of getting news about the team, and perhaps especially important now that @NHLBruins appears to have gone quiet, the fact that they’re reportedly not allowed to do their job–at least at Harvard practices–is of some concern.