The 2015 Boston Bruins

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA          The Boston Bruins are a hockey team within the National Hockey League (NHL), they are also my favorite sports team and always have been throughout my life. Win, lose or draw, I will always bleed the black and gold, the greatest hockey talent ever to lace up the skates played for these Bruins and brought two Stanley cups to the city of Boston, his name is Bobby Orr and I idolized him as I played the game growing up. I have been fortunate enough to witness these Bruins going to five Stanley cup final, winning three and losing two. This team has always been competitive each season, with only a few seasons falling short of expectations, the thing most about this team is, throughout the years they have made the playoffs with lesser named players than other teams, could the Ownership maybe change their philosophy of this team a bit and actually spend for the bigger named talent of the league, possibly? But throughout my time as a true Boston Bruins fan, it surely looks like they are more about putting the profits in their pockets, instead of rewarding the true fans with some great talent, for more chances of bringing Lord Stanley back to Boston, where it belongs.

With that said……. My thoughts of Claude Julien is, he is a great coach with a great system of play, with his system he needs all the players on the roster to buy into the the system and execute the system perfectly and in 2011 they all bought in with the result being, they brought Lord Stanley back to the city of Boston where it truly belongs. After winning the Stanley cup (which is hardest trophy to win in all sports), the team got into salary cap issues and had to let go some of the key players that brought the identity to the team, with the result since has been a team in need of an identity. Identity in hockey goes way beyond the talent of the players and has everything to do with, group of players bonding together as one, taking their Individual talents, putting them together and making the entire team stronger, which makes them a difficult team to play against, for any team that they may face. When the entire roster of players bond together and play for each other, the result then becomes they win more than they lose, in 1970, 1972 and 2011 these Bruins showed just what bonding together means and what being a team family really means, these players from these Championship teams were a family on and off the ice, which they had each others backs and played hard for each other each and every game. In 2011 and with the system of Claude in place, then with all the players bonding together as a family and buying into the system, is the biggest reason why they brought Lord Stanley back to the city of Boston and why each and every game of that season they where a hard win for any team that they had faced. The Identity of the team in 2011 was that of, making the other team work that much harder to beat you, while the team/family of the Boston Bruins executed the system of Claude perfectly and piling up win after win. This team of 2015 definitely needs all these young players to buy into the system of Claude and bond together as one, so they to can create this Identity that the past teams of the Bruins have had, as well as the success they have had also, I will always bleed the black and gold of the Boston Bruins and do hope these Bruins can bond together as one, bringing Lord Stanley back to the city of Boston, where the true home of this most prestigious trophy truly is.

” The Identity of any team, starts with all the players of that team bonding together and bringing all their Individual talents together, making them a hard team for any other team to play against”

” when a sports team bonds together they become a family on and off the field/ice”

” Championships don’t always have to be won with the best of talent, they can also be won with a team who has the strongest Identity and who bonds together stronger than the opponent”

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Whats up with the Boston Bruins?

The Boston Bruins, a hockey team I grew up watching, a player named Bobby Orr who I idolized, with another handful of players I enjoyed very much to watch, like Ray Bourque, Cam Neely, Gilles Gilbert, Rick Middleton to name a few, these Boston Bruins have had it’s share of great player’s and to witness three Stanley cup championships in my lifetime is a great honor, from my favorite team.

I would be lying if I said that I wouldn’t want them to win another one, we all want to win and see our favorite players bask in the joy of victory, we the true Bruins fan have seen our share of losing years, like 39 years til they won again in 2011, which is what makes it sweet when they actually do win it all. What the Bruins do have is a competitive Management team in place and it all starts with Cam Neely, Cam was a player that the Bruins traded Barry Peterson for, sent Barry to Vancouver and Cam here to Boston, the rest is history. Cam with his toughness and good puck sense, had changed what the term power forward was and is looked at today. Cam since retiring and becoming the Bruins President, has taken this competitiveness and toughness from the ice, into his office in the way he leads this organization, the year they won the cup in 2011, had Cam’s finger prints all over this team and to this day in a few of the Bruin players today.

In 2011 when the Bruins hoisted the Lord Stanley cup high throughout the city of Boston and shared it proudly with all the fans, they were a very difficult team to play against, they didn’t have that big name goal scorer, what they did have was a whole team that could score, all four lines producing at a high level each and every game. The one thing that breeds this is Team chemistry. Even though there are still some core players left from the championship team, there are a few players missing that brought this chemistry, chemistry never shows up on the nightly game stats, it only shows up within all the players of the team and is what makes them very difficult to play against, team chemistry is a bond between the players, that makes them a family on and off the ice and having each others backs, no matter what situation that may cross their paths.

These Boston Bruins of today and with the core of players they still have since 2011, can they get back that “team chemistry”? You bet they can, but it also takes a big commitment from the Management and the coaching staff, so they can bring in the right players, who will form this bond that will ultimately give them the chemistry, to be once again a very tough team to play against from any team in which they face. You don’t necessarily need the best goal scorers, just a few that bond together and with each of their strengths, plus the strengths of the team, become a great hockey team once again. The Boston Bruins are just a few chess pieces away from regaining their championship team, forget about the drama from the Boston sports Media, as these guys really no nothing of any sport and if they don’t create the drama, then they would be out of a job. Just simply trust in Cam Neely and his team, to once again build a championship Boston Bruins hockey team, for us true Bruins fan to enjoy once again.

” Boston Bruins hockey is about being tough and competitive to play against, not the flashy give me the puck for “my” goal”

” Team chemistry comes from a bunch of players coming together and forming a bond, to play for each other and have each others backs, no matter what that may come before you”

The “Bruin” Chronicles.

The struggles of this 2015 team the Boston Bruins, goes a lot deeper than the CEO Charlie Jacobs coming out and saying their play is unacceptable, yes it is part of this team turning it around as of late, some may say the players are nervous of losing their jobs? The actual fact and answer to this turn around goes to Claude the Coach, as he still has his finger on the pulse of this team, but the biggest reason of the turn around is, the actual pride of each player Individually, go right down the roster and their are all members of this team you will find responsible for this dip in their play.

Sometimes you don’t understand pride until it comes and slaps you in the face and that is what it did, when Charlie Jacobs said what he said. It all started when this team lost to Montreal in the playoffs last season, they were the best team in the league, won the President’s trophy and thought they had the Cup in the bag? I will give them a couple key injuries early in the season, but the main reason of their lack of play is, the fact of pride and not being confident in themselves to overcome adversity, you would think that Claude would fix this issue? He is not God and you may lead the horse to water, but ultimately it is the player that needs to drink that water and run with it, not just are these Bruins drinking the water, but their confidence is better, they realize what each of their strengths are, which is what the coach brings together, so the whole team can be better and stronger moving on through the season and hopefully into the playoffs.

In a full hockey season the ultimate goal is to make the playoffs, then the goal becomes to win the Stanley cup, which is the most prestigious and hardest trophy to win in all sports. The end of a Stanley cup run will have the player feel emotionally as well as physically drained, then as they turn the corner into the next season, you can’t help but still feel the affects of the season previous, its not just the job of the coach to motivate the players, but each player has to motivate themselves as well as their teammates, sometimes this motivation takes way longer then it really has to, now during this time you hear a lot of crap from the so called sports media and the fair weather fan, simply because they don’t truly understand the game of hockey, true hockey players get paid a good amount of money and the so called sports media would have you think money motivates, but hockey players get no where nears the amount of money as a baseball player and a hockey player works 10 times harder, this motivation comes from within each of the players, with a small percent coming from other areas, in order for the player to motivate himself, he has to want it and sometimes this want takes a little time to build up, a little encouragement in the right places will help greatly, but it is the Individual player that fully motivates himself, then he motivates his teammates with the same encouragement he had received.

This Bruins team and the core of this team are still a great bunch of guys on and off the ice, they still have some to give, just that they need to put the past behind them, look at the now and what is in front of them, so they can have success and get into the playoffs, then as they become better and stronger, bring that into the playoffs and have fun winning another Stanley cup, then we start another season a new, with that issue of motivation once again you get the picture, playing the game of hockey for a player, is the same of each of us walking our paths along our journey of life.

” hockey players are a lot like you and I living our lives, just that we are playing the game of our lives”

” motivation comes from within, sometimes it has to be lifted out of us”

” to motivate ourselves is sometimes the hardest thing for all of us to do, like accepting real change to our lives”