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Thursday, July 7, 2011
Milton Academy's O'Gara gets taste of NHL

By Brendan Hall

Bruins fourth-round draft pick and Milton Academy junior Rob O’Gara reaffirmed with ESPNBoston.com that he will return to the ISL school for his final year of eligibility. O’Gara, a Massapequa, N.Y., native, repeated his junior year this season after transferring into the New England powerhouse.

The deceivingly lanky 6-foot-4, 197-pounder, who just turned 18 on Wednesday, is well aware of the development he needs to make over the next year before heading off to Yale in the fall of 2012. At the first day of the Bruins' Development Camp held at Wilmington's Ristuccia Arena, O'Gara did 10 reps of 155 pounds on the bench press Thursday morning at the fitness testing. He’s shooting for a target weight of 205 pounds by September, and 220 by this time next year, and says his diet currently calls for at least 3,000 calories per day.

“I’ve gotta fill out, I know that,” he said. “Testing this morning just shows that. It’s going to be a lot of hard work. Just gotta keep skating, keep hitting the gym, and it’ll come.”

Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney said O’Gara is “a piece of clay right now, albeit it’s a big piece.”

“At 6-foot-4, it can change. Things have come at him here a little quicker in the last, I’d say, eight months,” Sweeney said. “But we got a chance, I did in particular and other people got a chance to see him a lot. He’s in our backyard. We went down and spoke to him and he’s excited. This is probably catching him a little off guard in terms of the preparation aspect of it.

“As I mentioned, you come from the prep-school ranks and, you know, there’s a lot to digest here in a short period of time. The good thing is there’s no timetable for him. He’s not going to get any smaller. He’s only going to fill out and continue to get better. And he’s going to be right in our backyard for another year then on to a real good program in Yale. So I think that he’ll learn a lot. He’ll be one of those kids that walks out of here, hopefully, and learns an awful lot and takes some of this stuff going forward.”