Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Krejci wears 'A' proudly
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- During the annual Bruins Media Day, top-line center David Krejci was sporting his sweater with the newly stitched ‘A’ on the chest.
Coach Claude Julien announced Tuesday that Krejci would join captain Zdeno Chara, and assistant captains Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly as the other player to wear a letter.
“It’s an honor,” Krejci said. “First, when I heard about it I had mixed feelings of pressure, pride, responsibility, a little bit of everything. I realize he didn’t put a letter on my jersey just because he wants me to be more vocal in the room or play different on the ice. There’s a reason he gave it to me and I’m sure he doesn’t expect me to change at all. I’m going to be myself and do what I did before.”
The second assistant captain position became available after former Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference signed with the Edmonton Oilers during the summer as a free agent. Ference was also recently named captain of the Oilers.
Krejci is entering his eighth season in the Bruins organization.
“While Krej has the ‘A’ you could give it to two or three guys,” said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. “To me, he’s a quiet leader. He demands a lot from himself and he demands a lot from his teammates and he can lead by example. He’s a proud leader, too. It was good to see that ‘A’ being put on Krej. Talking about playing your best hockey at the right times of the year, he’s certainly done that and that helped him earn the ‘A’ also.”
The crafty centerman begins the 2013-2014 season dealing with back spasms, which kept him off the ice the last few days. He returned to practice Wednesday morning and will be in the lineup for the season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at TD Garden.
The back injury is something he’s dealt with for the majority of his career. He’s able to play through it, but once in a while it grabs at him.
“It’s one of those things. I felt OK this morning, so we’ll see how it goes tomorrow,” Krejci said.