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All icing for Bergeron

Junior-bound pick showing his stuff

SALEM, N.H. -- Patrice Bergeron knew his time with the Bruins in training camp would be limited, so his goal was to make a strong impression before being sent back to his junior team.

The 18-year-old center, who was taken with the 45th pick in the June draft, has opened some eyes. During one scrimmage, coach Mike Sullivan had Bergeron centering left wing Sergei Samsonov and right wing Glen Murray.

"It was pretty impressive," said Bergeron, who participated in the Bruins' annual Black-and-White intrasquad scrimmage at the Icenter last night. "I watched them last year on TV and it was amazing, and now to be with them, I'm a little bit nervous but I just have to not think about that.

"It's a good experience for me. I didn't know what to expect when I came here. I've learned every day from the older guys. I'm just 18 and I didn't know what to expect. I came in to get my feet wet and do what I can do and go as far as I can go."

Bergeron had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 losing effort last night, as the Black team won in a shootout over the White.

Bergeron, who hails from Quebec and will play for Acadie-Bathurst in the Quebec League this season, has been mentored by veteran right wing Marty Lapointe. Lapointe went out of his way to welcome the two French-speaking youngsters in camp -- Bergeron and Benoit Mondou -- and help them feel more comfortable. Bergeron said it has been a monumental help.

"He's really intense and I learned that from him," said Bergeron. "Right now he's a model because I speak the same language and it's easy for me to go and talk with him.

"If I have a problem, he's there and he comes to see me. He told me to keep doing my things and don't be too nervous because it's the same game.

"I'm taking everything I've learned from the older guys back to my junior team and I'll try to do the same thing, like being disciplined and always being at your best in practice."

Lapointe was impressed with Bergeron's level of maturity.

"He made some sacrifices this summer to work hard and be in shape," said Lapointe. "He didn't come here just for an appearance. He's trying to prove himself and he's impressed a lot of scouts. "I told him, when I was 18, I was a first-rounder and I wanted to make the team. He's got the same mentality, he wants to make the team but he's realistic. He doesn't want to make the big jump too fast.

"He's got all the talent and all the tools." Now he just needs experience and seasoning.

"I think I made a good impression, but you have to get better on the ice," said Bergeron. "I saw where I have to improve."

Roster reduction

The Bruins made some significant roster cuts after the contest. Released from camp were defenseman Kevin Truelson and center Patrick Thoresen. Three players were sent back to their junior clubs: left wing Masi Marjamaki, who heads back to Red Deer in the Western League; center Nate Thompson, who heads back to Seattle of the Western League; and goaltender Mike Brown, who will play in Saginaw of the Ontario League. Center Yan Stastny, who was in camp on a tryout, will play for Nuremberg of the German League. Twelve players were assigned to Providence of the AHL: forwards Carl Corazzini, Chris Paradise, Brendan Walsh, Greg Barber, Colton Orr, Adam Smyth, Matt Hubbauer, and Blake Bellefeuille, defensemen Peter Metcalf, P.J. Martin, Jay Leach and goalie Peter Hamerlik.

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