B's head to Vermont for some bonding

BOSTON -- After the Boston Bruins finished practice Sunday morning at TD Garden, the team headed north for its annual team-building activities in Stowe, Vt.

The day-and-a-half of non-hockey activities has become a nice tradition and an important part of the Bruins’ team-building process in the last few years. The core of this team has been together for years, but with some new players in the mix this season, it’ll be a chance for them to get to know their new teammates.

“I think it helps,” said Bruins veteran forward Milan Lucic. “Every time we come back from it the team gets a little bit closer. Especially with some new faces in the locker room it’s an opportunity to hang out with guys in a different setting away from the rink to talk about other things other than hockey. It’s an opportunity for us to build team chemistry and that team bond and to make it stronger because it’s been a big part of our success the last couple of year.”

Being his first season in Boston, this will be Jarome Iginla’s introduction to the Bruins’ team-building activities. During his career in Calgary, Iginla’s Flames participated in something similar, so he understands the importance of the team’s off-ice activities.

“The more you get to know each other the more you feel comfortable in all different situations,” Iginla said.

The team will practice in Vermont on Tuesday and then return to Boston as the Bruins prepare for the season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at TD Garden.