Anyone that’s a Boston Bruins fan these days obviously has a lot to be happy about. Count goaltender Zane Gothberg among those happy fans.
The Force goaltender/North Dakota commit/former Thief River Falls star is a Boston Bruins prospect and he said it’s awesome to see the B’s four wins away from a Stanley Cup title because it shows the franchise is doing some amazing things.
“I knew for sure they’d be good. They are a deep team and they made some picks and trades earlier in the year like getting Nathan Horton who has been huge for them in the playoffs,” Gothberg said. “Timmy Thomas has also been huge as well. There were some doubters giving me crap and this has been a good opportunity for the Bruins.”
If there’s a player happy about being a possible Boston Bruin, it has to be Gothberg. There have been plenty of days where he’s walked around Scheels Arena with his Boston Bruins’ winter hat on.
During the Tampa Bay series, Gothberg dropped a message to Lightning prospect/former Force forward/Miami player Jimmy Mullin about it over Facebook.
Anytime he talks about what his Bruins experiences have been like he has nothing but good things to say. One of those involved last year’s development camps where rabid Bruin fans filled the place so much the fire marshal had to shut things down for a bit because of the large crowd.
“With them being an Original Six team, they have fans that are diehards that grew up with the Bobby Orrs and the other superstars they’ve had,” Gothberg siad. “They’ve established themselves as one of the premier teams in the league and their fanbase is one of the premier fanbases in the league too.”
He said that he’s received a bit of fan mail over the season from Bruins fans and they’ve even come to games asking for autographs.
Perhaps if things go the way Gothberg wants, the crowd of adoring fans could get even bigger. This offseason, potentially, could be the most important Gothberg has faced to this point.
He comes into a year where he’s not splitting time with anyone and he’ll be the guy that gets most of the playing time on a team that could easily compete for a Clark Cup title next season should things go as planned.
“I’ve been doing a lot more off-ice stuff,” he said. “It hasn’t been about putting on more weight, but just trying to build my muscle mass and my explosiveness. Also, my endurance. I’m just trying to put on a little bit of muscle but I also want to be quick with it too.”
Surely, this is news the Bruins are going to be happy to hear/read about. That’s because the Bruins have a system where they keep in contact with their prospects. Gothberg said the process, which is NCAA legal, has prospects update the team via email with their progress.
The team gets back with the prospects within a few days so they can get an idea for how things are going when it comes to development.
Given all the off-season work and potential heading into next year, he could easily give the Bruins front office plenty to feel confident about.
Then again, that’s all depending upon if he tells them what he’s listening too.
For those not aware of Gothberg’s reputation, Bruins fans love the kid on Twitter. They loved his attitude, his shiny helmet that he wore but when he admitted that he rocks out to Miley Cyrus, well, let’s just say he should have not admitted to that one.
“There is a little bit of Miley still on my iPod. She’s been a little quiet as of late and I don’t have too much of her new stuff,” he said. “I’ve been opening my genre into rap/hip-hop listening to Lil Wayne and kind of been rocking some Wiz Khalifa. I’ve been loving his tunes as of late.”