Dougie Hamilton hopes to take next step with Bruins

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WILMINGTON — Dougie Hamilton’s 2012-13 season started off about as well as Bruins fans — and management — could have hoped. But by the end of the postseason, the rookie defenseman was watching games from the press box.

That provided him with motivation.

“I think you’re doing what’s best for the team, and if that’s what we need to win, then I was fine with that,’’ said Hamilton. “I think obviously you want to be playing and on the ice. Of course, you spend the summer working your hardest so that you’re playing and not sitting out.”

But Hamilton also made sure to take time off from hockey, relaxing after a season that saw him skate in 32 games with his junior team plus play in the world juniors in Russia before joining the Bruins after the NHL lockout.

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