Boston Bruins see double with China trip to play Calgary Flames

Sports | 13 Sep 2018

Half the Boston Bruins are heading to China, half are staying home. That is not ideal in the NHL, where a bad start can ruin a season.

So coach Bruce Cassidy hopes players can make the most of the China trip.

The Bruins play exhibitions against the Calgary Flames on Saturday in Shenzhen and on Wednesday in Beijing, though the trip has activities beyond hockey. "Once we get on the ice I'm hoping it's all business," Cassidy said. But in the style of a regular camp "we have the teaching and [other] work and the evaluations."

Twenty-two players travel with Cassidy and a few other coaches. Senior coach Joe Sacco and another coach stay at home to work with 35 players. The trip is meant to help prepare for a season that opens on October 3 at the Washington Capitals. Forward Brad Marchand sees benefits in the trip: "We'll have a lot more time to bond than we normally do."

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