Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/26/13
No ice? No problem. Hockey Canada didn’t need ice to begin its preparations for the Sochi Olympics on Monday as the hopefuls played a little street-hockey at orientation in Calgary. Head coach Mike Babcock wanted to run some walk-throughs on the Olympic-sized 200-by-100-foot rink, but because of insurance issues, not all players were able to skate. Instead, they tossed on some sneakers and played a little ball-hockey on an iceless surface. Bruins forwards Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand were “skating” together on the second line with Jordan Eberle. Milan Lucic was paired with Matthew Duchene and James Neal. Check out the images below. Expected lines for second session: Kunitz-Crosby-Sharp; Marchand-Bergeron-Eberle; Lucic-Duchene-Neal; Hall-J. Staal-U of C player filling in— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) August 26, 2013 Babcock is running a full up practice here. http://t.co/jCIUj9wU1C— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) August 26, 2013 Chalk talk. http://t.co/dsFRc5fZ0m— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) August 26, 2013 Sarnia, Ottawa, Oshawa/London. OHL alums. Pretty good lacrosse unit, too. http://t.co/EIU0mfrzrT— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) August 26, 2013 Line rushes. http://t.co/TwtllhAGYL— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) August 26, 2013 Marchand. http://t.co/cWnfhRA94S— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) August 26, 2013 Missing Alex Burrows“ @EricFrancis: One if the best ball hockey teams I've ever seen. #Olympicballhockey #TeamCanada http://t.co/jMYhyBybdh”— Chris Cuthbert (@CCtsn) August 26, 2013 Cool scene here in Calgary at Team Canada Orientation Camp. Players going through walk-through of team concepts. http://t.co/r0M51vqvKI— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) August 26, 2013 Covering Team Canada's 3 day camp. Hope Hockey Canada got an insurance discount for this. http://t.co/GV5280iWSR— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) August 26, 2013 Filed under: Boston Bruins, Headlines, John Beattie, NHL, Oakland Raiders, Olympics
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