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September 4, 2013 | 9:31am ET
Eriksson meets the press in Boston
By Shawn Hutcheon,

BOSTON, MA -- Boston Bruins training camp is set to open on Sept. 11, 2013 and its veteran players are filtering into town with their equipment bags, which prominently display the spoked-B emblem, slung over their shoulders and promptly head straight to the teams practice facility to take part in captains practices.

The practices are informal skating sessions organized by the players to give themselves a bit of a head start on the teams official training camp.

One player who arrived in Beantown early was forward Loui Eriksson, only his bag was adorned with the emblem of the Dallas Stars. Eriksson was one of the centerpieces of the biggest NHL trade of the summer when he, Matt Fraser, Reilly Smith and Joe Morrow were sent to Boston for Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley.

Eriksson joined his new teammates on the ice two days after landing in Boston and is ready to get the season started.

It feels really good (to be a Bruin), Eriksson said. Its nice to finally get here and see some of the guys and go on the ice a little bit and have fun. Im excited to be here.

Eriksson admits to feeling some pressure to perform due to the attention the trade received from around the hockey world, but he is also confident he will perform up to the expectations placed on him.

Maybe a little bit (of pressure), but thats part of the game, he said. You have to have pressure on you and I think everyone is ready for it so Im just going to do all I can to prove to all the guys here that Im a good player.

As all newly employed members of an organization do, the big (6-feet-2) winger has spoken to its present employees, aka, the guys, about playing in Boston and he is happy with what he has heard.

Theyre saying the fan base is really good here and that they really like the players here. Its going to be fun to see and play my first game in Boston. Itll be a great feeling, Eriksson continued. Its going to be nice to play for one of the original six teams and I know they have a little bit more fans than Dallas so Ill probably get more recognized here too. Like I said, Im excited to be here and do all I can to help this team win.

Although, Eriksson has averaged almost 70 points per season during his seven year NHL career, the native of Gothenburg, Sweden understands that Bruins fans may not be familiar with his style of play.

(I) kind of like to be an all-around player, Eriksson explained. I like to be playing in both ends. I try to do the things Im good at including scoring goals and play good defense too so Im really excited to see the system here and play in it.

The captains practices have seen the 2010 Olympic Games participant skate on a makeshift line with Bruins veteran and 2014 Canadian Olympic hopeful, Brad Marchand. It is widely believed the two will make up two-thirds of the clubs second line which will be centered by Patrice Bergeron (2010 Canadian Olympian).

When asked about his impressions of Marchand, Eriksson was not shy with his assessment of his new teammate.

Hes a great player, said Eriksson. Hes a swift kind of player, really fast and he can make plays out there. Its fun to see him and his skills.

One can say the exact same about Eriksson, who is champing at the bit for the puck to drop on a new season with his new team.

Im feeling really good. Its been kind of a long summer for me. Im really ready to go, Eriksson added. I think everybody is really ready to get it going too.

Ironically, after its deep run to the Stanley Cup Final, it was a short summer for the Bruins. They are hoping to enjoy another shortened summertime season next year and with the addition of Eriksson, the odds just might be in their favor.

Shawn Hutcheon is the Boston Correspondent for The Fourth Period.

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