The ice at Ristuccia Arena just got a little busier.
Following a Monday morning session, the Boston Bruins are officially back to work in Wilmington.
With the lockout over, the team opened training camp on Sunday at TD Garden before coming back to Wilmington for their first camp ice time at their official practice facility. The team held several unofficial skates last week.
"There is nothing better. These fans are unbelievable. It feels good as a player stepping on the ice and hearing those fans [cheering],” said Nathan Horton, according to a story on the Comcast SportsNet New England. “There is nothing better. It felt so good."
Monday's practice will be far from the last time the Bruins will be in Wilmington this season. They'll be returning several times this week alone.
According to the team's website, the Bruins will hold a practice at TD Garden on Tuesday followed by a return to Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday leading up to the season opening game on Saturday against the New York Rangers.
All of this week's practices begin at 10 a.m. and are open to the public.
The Bruins have put together several gestures to thank fans for their patience during the lockout during the month of January.
At all five home games in January, fans will receive vouchers for free food and beverage items. There will also be a host of giveaways and a 25 percent discount at the team's Pro Shop.
“These are things that hopefully our fans can appreciate because Lord knows that we appreciate our fans,” said Neely, according to the CSNNE article.