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January 9, 2013

Bruins on ice at BU as they wait for NHL season

BOSTON — Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg drove by the TD Garden yesterday morning on his way to Boston University, where a handful of his teammates have been skating to keep in shape while waiting for the NHL season to start.

“I got a really good feeling imagining going out on the ice and getting excited about being able to play again,” he said. “I’m so excited to be here.”

After spending much of the NHL lockout playing in his native Germany, Seidenberg flew back to Boston on Monday when he heard that NHL players and owners had reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. Both sides must still vote to ratify the deal; they are hoping to start a 48- or 50-game season around Jan. 19.

“Every day I was sitting on my computer, looking at the news, looking at the rumors,” Seidenberg said. “I was hoping for something to happen.”

Seidenberg joined about a dozen NHL players on the ice at BU’s Agganis Arena, wearing NHLPA practice jerseys in a workout run by former Terriers star Mike Grier. Among the Bruins taking part yesterday in the two-hour skate were goaltender Tuukka Rask, defenseman Johnny Boychuk and forwards Shawn Thornton, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic.

“It’s nice to get that lift that we are playing finally,” Lucic said. “You kind of take your teammates for granted. You appreciate them more. I missed these guys more than anything.

Many NHL players sought employment in European leagues during the four-month lockout, with Seidenberg joining his brother on the Mannheim Eagles in Germany.

“I haven’t been there for seven years,” Seidenberg said, adding that it was a chance “just being able to enjoy hanging out with people I haven’t been hanging out with for a long time.”

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