BOSTON – Agitators and emotional hockey players have always been a part of the NHL landscape and of the Bruins, even if there are times when things ebb and flow dependent on the era of hockey. But those high-energy role players have taken on a greater importance this season during COVID-19 with empty arenas sucking so much of the adrenaline out of the game.
It’s become vital that NHL teams have players that will stir up the poop, drag their team into the battle if necessary and consistently engage from game-to-game.
Boston Bruins power forward Trent Frederic has become an integral part of Boston’s attack this season because he plays with fiery emotion, steps over the line occasionally to engage opponents and rarely finds himself on the wrong end of the stick when it comes to accountability. It was that way again on Wednesday night as Frederic really stirred up the hornet’s nest with Alex Ovechkin to the point that he took him off the ice for a couple minutes later in the third period of a 1-1 hockey game.