Wednesday, June 29, 2011
It's Almost That Time Of Year: When Wilmington Is Relevant For A Week
As a life long resident of the North Shore (Massachusetts), there's not much I take more pride in than knocking the podunk places around here that I can never imagine living in.
Wilmington, MA is one of those places that really has no importance whatsoever. If I hadn't written for a daily newspaper with teams that faced Wilmington, I don't think I'd ever think of that nothing town. Yet I will give them credit, they do have one thing: Ristuccia Arena which hosts the Boston Bruins' development camp.
For the fifth straight year, the B's rookies will be put through their paces from July 7-11 at Ristuccia Arena. This event used to have no relevance but with Tyler Seguin (the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft) appearing at it last season, suddenly there was some excitement.
This year doesn't have exactly the same pizazz but Bruins rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton is slated to appear (their 2011 first round pick) and hey, it's a good excuse of something to do on a hot day when your sick of the beach or better yet, if the weather is crappy. Also, it gets your mind off of baseball for a few hours, which is never a bad thing in the monotony of summer in the sporting landscape.
The list of forwards expected to attend includes Anthony Camara, Craig Cunningham, Alexander Fallstrom, Brian Ferlin, Justin Florek, Josh Jooris, Jared Knight, Alexander Khokhlachev, Brett Olson, Tyler Randell, Eric Robinson, Ben Sexton, and Ryan Spooner.
The defensemen include Ryan Button, Marc Cantin, Tommy Cross, Dougie Hamilton, Robby O’Gara, Steven Spinell, Zach Trotman, and David Warsofsky.
Three goaltenders, Zane Gothberg, Mike Hutchinson, and Lars Volden, are also on the roster.
The schedule has been announced but is subject to change. Times and events can be confirmed by calling the Fan and Information Line at (617) 624-1910.