Boston Bruins training camp won’t open on time and much of the Bruins’ preseason schedule has been canceled, but down in Rhode Island, the AHL Providence Bruins are still proceeding as normal ahead of their Oct. 12 opening night.
P-Bruins training camp is set to begin on Sept. 28 and feature a roster of 34 players (19 forwards, 12 defensemen, three goalies):
- Chris Bourque, Carter Camper, Jordan Caron, Justin Courtnall, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek, Christian Hanson, Alden Hirschfeld, Jared Knight, Lane MacDermid, Kyle MacKinnon, Matthew Pistilli, Tyler Randell, Bobby Robins, Max Sauvé, Ryan Spooner, Jamie Tardif, Trent Whitfield and Kelsey Wilson for the forwards
- Matt Bartkowski, Art Bidlevskii, Ryan Button, Colby Cohen, Tommy Cross, Garnet Exelby, Damon Kipp, Torey Krug, Ryan Lowery, Kevan Miller, Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky for the defensemen
- Michael Hutchinson, Adam Morrison and Niklas Svedberg as goalies
Note that Bidlevskii, Kipp, Lowery, Pistilli and Wilson are all at camp on tryouts.
The training camp schedule follows. Note that all sessions are at the Rhode Island Sports Center and all practices are open to the public.
Sept. 28: 1-3:30 p.m.
Sept. 29: 10:35-11:50 a.m.
Sept. 30: 9:55-11:10 a.m.
Oct. 1: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Oct. 2: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Oct. 3: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Oct. 4: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Oct. 5: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Oct. 6: 10:35-11:50 a.m.
Providence also has three preseason games on the schedule:
Oct. 3 vs. Springfield Falcons at New England Sports Center (Marlborough, Mass.), 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 4 vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers at New England Sports Center, 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 6 vs. Springfield Falcons at MassMutual Center (Springfield, Mass.), 7 p.m.
It will be especially exciting to see Bourque take to the ice, even if only in a Spoked P sweater for now, because of the legend his father built in the Bruins organization. Knight and Spooner being reunited should bring joy to the two players, who gamely contribute to the joke that they are in a bromance with one another. All three goalies will also be fighting hard to earn spots between the pipes for the Peebs this upcoming season.
Considering that last season was not very successful for Providence, and Bruins fans will be looking south of Causeway Street for their hockey fix until the eventual conclusion of the NHL lockout, perhaps this season will be better for the P-Bruins. They will play host to the 2013 AHL All-Star Game, too.