The dreaded and boring month for Boston Bruins fans – rather NHL fans as a whole – has finally arrived, August. This month seems to linger forever for Bruins fans because it offers no development of the organization.
When I say ‘literally’ I mean it: there is literally nothing going on, ice skating wise, within the Bruins program in August – absolutely nothing.
Thankfully #BearTracks was created last summer, offering fans more entertainment, yet again, by their favorite and most well-known Boston skaters. However, the catch is that they are not on the ice; rather they are at home resting and working out before the preseason.
The #BearTracks idea spun off after the post Stanley Cup final series win that the Bruins collected back in July of 2011 against the Vancouver Canucks. Each player had a chance to personally guard and own the Stanley Cup for a certain amount of time. With the era of technology and media in its peak, the organization hatched an idea to follow multiple players as one-by-one a Bruin would hoist the Stanley Cup in their place of preference.
The Cup was brought all across North America and beyond, bringing with it a crew from the Bruins reporting their experiences with the Bruins players.
This made the summer of 2011, before the 2011-12 season, quickly disappear and provide Bruins fans with NHL hockey back in full tilt instantly.
Although the Bruins unsuccessfully repeated winning the Stanley Cup finals in 2012, Bruins fans showed high interest in what players were up to during their offseason. That was when #BearTracks was born.
The 2013 #BearTracks has already begun; it started on July 30.
#BearTracks already visited well-respected and Bruin-favorite, Milan Lucic in the place where he was simply a youngster, not too long ago, hoping to one day be in the NHL. Lucic showed off, with glee, his hometown of Vancouver, BC. He took the crew to home in Vancouver where he was raised. Countless pictures of him growing up throughout the years, essentially in hockey skates, flooded the house.
Although the scenic picture Lucic posed for may give off the impression that he is relaxing, he is doing anything but that. The crew mentioned the intense workouts Lucic was enduring, without any sign of weakness or struggle. The message is clear, Lucic resembles the saying “no pain no game,” even in the offseason.
Leaving Vancouver to visit possible Hall-of-Famer and recent Bruin pick-up on August 1, Jarome Iginla in Kelowna, was nothing but sheer amazement as he mentioned to the #BearTracks crew that he hope to be a Bruin past the 2013-14 season. Iginla, too, was out enjoying the British Columbian air. Like Lucic, he was training extremely hard, pushing himself to prepare for the upcoming season.
Lucic and Iginla show that they are definitely preparing themselves mentally and physically for this upcoming season.
For a look at the full interview and a personal experience by #BearTracks crew members regarding the two Bruins, check out the Boston Bruins blog on their website www.bruin.nhl.com.
Needless to say, September needs to move faster than an Indy Car on the Motor Speedway because #BearTracks is the only thing keeping me entertained about the Bruins; and because quite frankly, I must be going insane without the NHL, making references about cars to hockey.