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HAMILTON LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT SEASON

HAMILTON LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT SEASON

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BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON

On leaving Boston…
It’s been alright I think. I’m not too excited about leaving Boston. I think it kind of sunk in a little bit last night, but I’m kind of excited to go home and see my family as well and kind of get back to that.

On whether he has any specific plans for when he gets home…
I think just workout and skate and do whatever I can to get ready for next year. I think just working out and skating and relaxing.

On how much he learned this year, especially in playoffs…
I think I learned probably more throughout the year playing, and I think in the playoffs as well just watching the games and it’s definitely different from up there. It’s a different game in the playoffs as well, so I think it’s a good experience to be able to go through at such a young age, and I think it’ll help me in the future.

On looking forward to getting back on the ice…
It’s been a while for me, and I’m excited for next year already and I’m looking forward to it and [that is] pretty much it.

On having a good defense…
I think it’s obviously nice to have that and I think we’re obviously a good team and we can continue to be a good team so that’s exciting as well.

On developing friendships with the other young defensemen…
In the last month or whatever I think just skating with some of the guys who haven’t been playing and I get to spend a lot of time with them and develop relationships with them too.

On his experience in Boston and his first year in the NHL…
I think [it was] definitely a long year starting in August and finishing now, but I think it’s a lot of fun. I think just looking back on Junior and World Juniors I think it was the most fun to obviously play here and being in front of the fans and the team, it just makes you excited for the years to come and just every time you can come back here and be with the team, living with them and being in the city, so I think it’s a lot of fun to be here.

On how much time he will take off the ice…
I think I’m skating this afternoon. … I don’t know I think I’ve been working hard in the last month not playing but I think for me I’m ready to start working out and stuff and I think I’m looking forward to that. I think it’s going to be a short summer obviously and I’m just going to try to work as hard as I can and improve as much as I can.

On how his performance was this season compared to his expectations of himself…
I didn’t have any expectations. I think just to come in open-minded and enjoy it and I didn’t really know what to expect, so I  think I had fun and I’m pretty happy with how the season went and I’m already looking forward to next year.

On whether he feels this season took a different physical toll on him than previous season…
I think just with the schedule I think it’s different. In Junior you play on the weekends. It’s just a different schedule, and here you can’t really take much time to let your focus down. You’re playing every other day, and it kind of gets tough. I think obviously you can see with the team it’s tough to play this much longer than a lot of teams do so I think it’s a lot different than what I’m used to.

On what he will do in the offseason…
I think the last couple summers I haven’t had much of summers but I think it’ll be the same this year and two months to work out and skate and try to get better for next year.

On whether he will do less this summer…
A little bit. I think for me I’m just going to do whatever I can to get better and work as hard as I can. I think that’s what I’ve done in the past in the summer and I think I’m going to just try to work even harder this year.

On getting experience in the Stanley Cup Final during his first year in the NHL…
You can pretty much see what it’s like to go to the Stanley Cup and I think we had 14 wins and I think that’s obviously pretty tough to do, so I think it’s an experience that I’ll be able to take with me in the future and I think there’s some people that don’t get the opportunity to play playoffs and things like that so I was happy I got to play some games and be able to go through all of this.

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