The second week of Phase 2 workouts at Warrior Ice Arena has come to a close for the Boston Bruins. The club has had two groups of skaters primarily taking part in the workouts, with others expected to join as they ramp up for Phase 3. Phase 3, which is the start of NHL training camps, begins on July 10th.
Zdeno Chara, Par Lindholm and John Moore were the final group that skated this week. They were joined by team skating consultant Kim Brandvold during their session. Coaches and staff were allowed back in the building earlier this week.
Even though there is some sense of normalcy with players on the ice, precautions must still be taken. After all, the COVID-19 crisis is far from over. The disease is still very much a threat. The Tampa Bay Lightning had to close their facility a week ago. Boston Bruins players are not taking chances.
“You want to make sure you’re following all of the guidelines that the CDC is putting in place,” defenseman Matt Grzelcyk said. “When you’re going to the rink and things like that, we realize that it’s a little bit more freedom than maybe at first.
“But you still have it in the back of your mind that people are losing their lives over this situation and you want to make sure you’re doing more good than harm. Wearing a mask at all times and washing your hands and following those precautions so you don’t spread it on to other people. It’s a serious matter and we want to play, but you realize there are more serious things in life.”
The Bruins will continue Phase 2 workouts at Warrior Ice Arena next week in the lead up to Phase 3.