ANTIOCH, Tenn. — Bruins prospects have kicked of their stay in Tennessee with a practice at the just-opened Ford Ice Center.
The B’s youngsters will play three games as part of a four-team rookie tournament. They’ll play prospects from the Panthers on Saturday, Lightning Sunday and Predators Tuesday. The roster is as follows:
FORWARDS: Andrew Aamon*, Spencer Asuchak*, Anthony Camara, Mitchell Dempsey, Alex Fallstrom, Brian Ferlin, Seth Griffith, Cory Kane*, Dawson Leedahl*, Matt Lindblad, Pastrnak, Ben Sexton, Kevin Sullivan*.
DEFENSEMEN: Linus Arnesson, Bryce Aneloski*, Mickael Beauregard*, Chris Casto, Lee Moffie*, Frankie Simonelli*, Mike Young*.
GOALTENDERS: Adam Morrison, Malcolm Subban
*Aamon, Aneloski, Asuchak, Beauregard, Leedahl, Moffie, Simonelli, Sullivan and Young are in rookie camp on a tryout basis.
Prior to the practice, a big ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Ford Ice Center, which will serve as the Predators’ practice facility. Among those present for the ceremony was none other than country legend and elite in-concert storyteller Vince Gill.
My dad and I go to see Gill whenever he’s in Boston, so I assumed he would be friendly enough to tolerate some punk coming up to him and saying “my father go to see you whenever you’re in Boston.” Not only was he super-friendly, but he shared that he actually grew up a Bruins fan because the Bruins’ minor-league team, the Oklahoma City Blazers, were the closest team to his hometown of Norman, Okla.
Gill said he’s never gotten a chance to go to an actual Bruins game over the years and has since adopted the Predators as his team, but said he went to tons of Blazers games as a kid, with Wayne Cashman among the Bruins he saw.