We finally did it. This is the last week in August. September 1st is this Sunday. Which means hockey is officially right around the corner with training camps gearing up for their starts and preseason only a few weeks away. The staff here at Blue Line Station would like to thank you, the readers, for sticking with us through this tough month. We can guarantee that once they drop the puck to signal the start of the regular season, our work here will go up a few notches.
- Not much to report here on this Monday morning. However, Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron said in a statement that he is nearing a complete recovery. “I’m pretty much 95 percent to where I’d like to be. [It] took a little time to get back to feeling good and normal, but workouts, and I’ve been on the ice this week and it’s been feeling well, so I’ve felt pretty good. I’m confident that I’ll be ready for [Boston training] camp and definitely ready for October (the season opener).” This is pretty remarkable considering that Bergeron was admitted into the hospital after the conclusion of Game 6 of the Finals due to torn rib cartilage, a broken rib, a separated right shoulder, and a punctured left lung. This is one tough guy we are dealing with. Most players would have been scratched but he decided to tough it out and finish the series. This showed the tremendous determination that Boston had in wanting to win the Cup.
- The next in preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympics will get underway today. Forty-eight players will convene today and tomorrow in Arlington, Virginia for the U.S Men’s National Team Orientation Camp. The United States will be trying to medal in an Olympic tournament not held in North America for the first time since winning Silver in 1972 at Sapporo, Japan. The Americans have won silver in the two tournaments held in NA with NHL players in 2002 (Salt Lake City) and 2010 (Vancouver), but they have finished sixth and eighth in the 1998 (Nagano) and 2006 (Turin).
— Darren Pollen (@DarrenPollen23) August 26, 2013
— Patrick Hoagland (@pathoagland) August 26, 2013
16 days #NYR Training Camp opens.
— Cassidy Glaser (@CassidyGlaser) August 26, 2013