Day One is in the books for the 2013-14 Boston Bruins and the new faces have passed their first Black and Gold initiation test.
It didn’t involve a pop quiz about the dearly departed Pooh Bear jerseys or Claude Julien’s favorite brand of coffee.
It was the easiest one of course. It involved 300 meter shuttle runs and conditioning tests on an exercise bike and then convincing the assembled media they are damned glad to be in Boston. There will be hairier tests that will push the leadership toughness and commitment of Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson but both individuals have proven in the past that they’re up to those kinds of challenges.
“It’s actually a privilege and an honor to have these guys. They’re experienced. They’re great players and great personalities. We’re all looking forward to getting to know them better” said B’s captain Zdeno Chara acting as the Black and Gold welcoming committee. “Having players of that caliber can always help spread the leadership in the room ...