With hockey depression at an all time high, many fans hit arenas of a smaller scale for the opening evening of the American Hockey League. One of those teams, the Providence Bruins had the  benefit of beginning the season on home ice. Home ice and the first to score, Providence began the season with the strong consistent play that they lacked at last seasons end.

Ryan Spooner
Photo: Alan Sullivan, Providence Bruins

Lately, there has been chatter aplenty for center Ryan Spooner, who proved that a summer of hard work can quickly pay off when the season is back in session. Spooner has been a target for anticipated success; tallying an assist in the first goal of the evening.

Coming off a 2 game NHL stint last season and an impressive collegiate career, the name Krug is synonymous with high expectations. Having won the approval of both fans and coaches, Krug is one of the most anticipated Providence Bruins to hit the ice. From a scouting perspective, Krug may need to work harder than expected to earn approval in the grand scheme of things.

“Krug, a dynamic little offensive guy, good on the power play,” commented an NHL scout whom requested to remain anonymous. “Questions going to be, he’s a 5’9″ d-man, and there aren’t many of those guys who play.”

For now, Krug is proving to be a positive addition for Providence.

Bobby Robins
Photo: Alan Sullivan, Providence Bruins

In an attempt to switch momentum tough guy Bobby Robins dropped the gloves to the excitement and cheers from the crowd. Robins joined the team halfway through last season. The role of enforcer isn’t one that every player can play, but Robins has perfected the art and welcomes the opportunity to play that role on the ice.

Ultimately,  the Bruins failed to execute a win for their fans; falling 3-1. The team didn’t fair much better on Saturday evening in Bridgeport, where they suffered a 4-2 loss. Starting the season with two losses isn’t ideal, but it’s early enough to “right the ship” and fix the problems the team is facing. Looking ahead, the team will hit the road next weekend for a game in Manchester on the 19th, and Springfield on the 20th.

 

 

 

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All photos in this article belong to Alan Sullivan, Providence Bruins.

Winter was hooked on hockey by age 6, when she first witnessed a bench clearing brawl between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators. Growing from hockey fan to hockey player, Winter followed her passions by founding The Pink Puck. While she also loves fashion and the outdoors, hockey will always be her center ice. Email: winter@thepinkpuck.com Twitter: @Winter_Adams

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