The game is behind us by a few days now but with limited media availability leading up to the game and a hole to fill content-wise until the next game, some more news from Tahoe is coming out.
First, Lake Tahoe wasn’t just a business trip; the team used it to have some rare bonding time mostly outside. Due to Covid protocols, teammates can’t even gather in lounges or restaurants on the road being mostly stuck in their rooms when not at the rink. Sure, team meals at the hotel are something but not really as relaxing as usual. Noting that the shared wardrobe of Peaky Blinders for the 2019 Winter Classic was a great team experience it was a no-brainer for Patrice Bergeron to plan another group effort with blessings from Bruce Cassidy.
“Obviously guys went all out on it and I was really excited about it,” said Bergeron. “For me, it was a way for us to bond as a team to have fun. The outdoor games are always something you have to enjoy and realize that it’s something you’re gonna remember after your career so make sure you enjoy everything and make the most of it. That was the whole idea, to bond but to also create something special and have fun with it.”
As the mastermind of the ’90s theme, Bergeron made sure he did not disappoint. Among the highlights of his get-up were a working Walkman with Dr. Dre blasting through his headphone, a shiny gold fanny pack, and a vintage Cam Neely Bruins T-shirt from the 1990 Stanley Cup Playoffs, courtesy of B’s equipment manager Keith Robinson.
“I was looking for a [T-shirt] online…there’s a few that I found but it was taking too long so I wasn’t gonna get it on time,” said Bergeron. “I asked our trainers, equipment guys, if they had any T-shirts or retro Bruins, gear laying around at home. Keith Robinson had a box full of T-shirts and jackets. I really wanted a Cam T-shirt. He had that one. It worked out perfectly.
“I had a cassette going too. Unfortunately, [the Walkman] broke, it stopped working right when I got off the bus. The radio was on when I was walking [in].”
Another story from Lake Tahoe involved My Boyest of Boys, Brandon Carlo. Walking into the dressing room on Sunday, he was surprised to see that his jersey bore a letter. With David Krejci out with an injury, the second “A” was available and given to Brandon Carlo.
🎥 Brandon Carlo on wearing an assistant captain jersey during the outdoor game at Lake Tahoe: "That was probably the biggest honor of my life…gave me an extra boost of confidence knowing that I'm contributing to this team in a leadership aspect." pic.twitter.com/YEQY5q4yaL
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 23, 2021
Basically, Cassidy thought that Brandon had earned it based upon what they’ve asked him to do this season with new, young players assuming spots on the defensive roster.
“Brandon we’ve asked to just play his game,” said Cassidy. “Obviously, this year there’s some younger guys on the left side so the guys a few years ago that were the pupils have to become a little bit more of the teacher type of mentality when they get with these younger guys in terms of prepared to play, expectations…Brandon’s done that.
“He had Grizz early on…they’re similar in where they are on their career path. That part was probably a little bit easier. I think they complemented each other.”
Cassidy seems to like that there is a group forming some leadership roles behind the likes of Bergeron, Krejci, and Marchand. The new group consists of players like Matt Grzelcyk, David Pastrnak, the two Charlies– McAvoy and Coyle –, and the aforementioned Carlo. This is something that has to happen with these now veteran players who are all still just in their 20’s. Cassidy said any of those guys could just as easily worn the “A” as well. Well, in my opinion, maybe not Pasta only because all the letters would be on one line, which might be a bit weird.
We’ll see who wears the A on the road this week. Krejci is not skating yet and likely will not travel with the team.