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September 8, 2009 8:06 AM

Rookies Wasting No Time in Returning to Game Action

Following a promising developmental camp this summer, the Boston Bruins' rookies are already getting tested, as they have returned to the ice for training camp. Boston's youngsters arrived in New England on Saturday, before quickly boarding a flight to Kitchener, Ontario for a rookie tournament. The tournament features three games for the future Bruins, as they face the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The 2009-10 rookie roster has 24 players, with three goalies, seven defensemen, and 14 forwards taking the trip from Boston to Kitchener.

Adam Courchaine, Matt Dalton, and Michael Hutchinson are the three netminders, and each will get to play a full game in that order. Courchaine is the lone goaltender with any professional experience, as he has appeared in four career games with the Providence Bruins. Hutchinson was taken in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, while Dalton was signed out of Bemidji State University.

On defense, the Bruins are bringing Ryan Button, Scott Fletcher, Brad Good, Alain Goulet, Mark Isherwood, Rob Kwiet, and Marc Zanetti. Button was Boston's third round draft pick this past summer, Goulet was taken in the sixth round of the 2007 draft, and the other five players were all signed as free agents. Fletcher is a 21-year old, who is coming off of five seasons in the OHL. Good is a 23-year old, who spent four years of his career with Sault Ste. Marie in the OHL, before moving over to Carleton University. Isherwood is 20 years old, and could be poised for a fifth campaign in the WHL with the Medicine Hat Tigers. Kwiet is 21 years old, and just helped to lead the Windsor Spitfires to a Memorial Cup Championship. Zanetti is one of the younger players in camp, as he is 18, with only two years of experience with the OHL's Ottawa 67s.

Of the 14 forwards attending the rookie portion of training camp, four have already spent one full season at the AHL level with Providence. Those players are Zach Hamill, Jordan Knackstedt, Matt Marquardt, and Levi Nelson. Jeff LoVecchio has has 14 games of AHL experience, as the Baby B's added him to the roster at the end of the 2007-08 season. Unfortunately, an injury kept LoVecchio off of the ice last season. Jamie Arniel is the fifth and final forward with professional experience, as he saw some time with the P-Bruins last season. Arniel found the back of the net once in eight playoff games.

Only three of the remaining nine forwards were taken in the draft, as Lane MacDermid and Tyler Randell got to hear their names called this past summer, while Max Sauve had his special day during June of 2007. The new faces up front are Chris DeSousa, Jason Lawrence, Taylor MacDougall, Peter Stevens, and Jason Wilson. DeSousa is and 18-year old forward, who already has parts of three seasons under his belt in the OHL with Mississauga, who later moved to Niagara. Lawrence is a local product, who just completed a four-year career with a National Championship at Boston University. MacDermid also comes to the rookie camp with recent success, as this 20-year old finished his fourth year of junior hockey with a Memorial Cup from the Windsor Spitfires. 19-year old MacDougall joins Goulet and Sauve as the lone members from the QMJHL, and he will return to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at some point during the next few weeks. Stevens is 20 years old, and is three years into his junior career, as he was dealt from the Kingston Frontenacs to the Barrie Colts last season. Despite being a 19-year old, Wilson has played in only one season of junior hockey, suiting up for the OHL's London Knights during the 2008-09 campaign.

Jordan Caron was originally slated to participate with the rookies, but an injury is keeping him off of the ice for now. Caron was Boston's first selection (25th overall) this past summer, and will likely return to Rimouski of the QMJHL for the 2009-10 season.

The three rookie games take place on Monday (2:00 vs. Toronto), Wednesday (2:00 vs. Ottawa), and Thursday (2:00 vs. Pittsburgh) at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. Following those three tilts, the true Baby B's will return to Boston to begin the regular training camp with the veterans.

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