It’s time for the Boston Bruins and the rest of the NHL to get playing…and I can’t wait. Call me a sucker but I’m ready to forget this lockout ever happened (well, kinda forget about it) if the Bruins are ready to play hard, every game, without excuses.
Here’s a list of the 10 things I’m looking forward to seeing when the spoked-B’s take the ice…
1. Tyler Seguin – This kid has so much talent. During the lockout he played in Switzerland. In 29 games Seguin scored 25 goals and had 15 assists. He’s 20-years-old and by the way, just before the lockout remember the B’s signed him to a long-term deal.
2. Tuukka Rask – Remember, no Tim Thomas between the pipes. It’s two U’s and two K’s for a short 48-game schedule. Can he handle it?
3. Dave Goucher/Bob Beers – The radio broadcast duo. Goucher is so smooth and professional with his play-by-play. Former Umaine defenseman Bob Beers is the same with his color analyst work.
4. Claude Julien – Sometimes coach Claude drives me crazy…but I’ve missed the ole farht.
5. Patrice Bergeron – Perhaps the best all-around player in the game. Every kid growing up wanting to play in the NHL should watch Bergeron and learn to play the complete game he plays.
6. Rene Rancourt – I’m no music expert but the Lewiston native has lost a little off the fastball when he sings the national anthem at the Garden…but man, I just can’t wait to hear it again…and his salute at the end!
7. Shawn Thornton – Now I know I’m giddy about the return of the NHL. I have wanted fighting out of the game for several years but I can’t wait for the Bruins tough guy to drop the gloves that first time.
8. Milan Lucic – I am really looking forward to the big fella. He did not go overseas to play during the lockout. Is he in shape? Is he ready to play? Is this going to be another season of excuses as to why he should be better than he shows?
9. Dougie Hamilton – The No. 1 draft pick from two years ago (part of the Phil Kessel trade — the trade that keeps on giving for the B’s) is a big, tall defenseman who has been tearing it up in junior hockey. Let’s see what he looks like in a Bruins jersey.
10. Brad Marchant – “The little ball of hate”. “The rat”. Welcome back. Every player and every fan from other teams hate you. I can’t wait to see you. (and then shake my head when you take a dumb penalty).
ITEMS FROM THE DUFFEL BAG:
— Bangor’s Grace MacLean is some kind of athlete! An All-American in soccer…and now how many EMITL/PVC records will she end up with?
— Should the UMaine hockey team where their road uniforms at home? Just trying to think of things to break the Alfond Arena jinx.
— Wednesday is the big day…MLB Hall of Fame voting results are released. Clemens? Bonds? Sosa? Any of them getting in? Hmmm…
— Former Sox catcher Rich Gedman is the Seadogs hitting coach…why can I still see that Bob Stanley pitch going past him from the 1986 World Series?
— Wednesday night the UMaine women’s basketball team plays in Orono for the first time since November 24th… will they need directions to find the place.
— Got a big week of local play-by-play this week on 92.9TheTicket including the
Old Town/Orono girls matchup Thursday, undefeated Hampden boys in action Friday vs Brunswick and Bangor hockey matchup Saturday against defending state champ Thornton Academy.