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Bruins start informal practices before training camp

“It’s always nice to get here, especially early to see the guys,” said Patrice Bergeron. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki

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“It’s always nice to get here, especially early to see the guys,” said Patrice Bergeron.

WILMINGTON — In just over two weeks, the Bruins will officially open training camp for 2014-15. Until then, they will participate in informal practices, the first of which kicked off Tuesday morning at Ristuccia Arena.

“It’s always nice to get here, especially early to see the guys, see the trainers, see the coaches, and just be here,” said Patrice Bergeron, a late arrival in previous seasons. “There’s a little bit of enjoying the nice weather here in Boston and getting ready.”

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As the resident long-term Bruin, Bergeron led the players — including ex-teammate Shawn Thornton — through the paces. Full-time Bruins participating in the on-ice session included Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid, and Tuukka Rask.

Participants on the roster bubble included Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky, Justin Florek, and Bobby Robins.

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David Pastrnak, the team’s first-round pick, was on the ice.

Thornton wore the white jersey and red socks of the Panthers, his new team. Other non-Bruins were Keith Yandle (Phoenix) and Hal Gill (unsigned).

The Bruins rookies, including Pastrnak, will play in a four-team tournament in Nashville Sept. 12-16. Main camp opens Sept. 18 with off-ice testing. The first day of on-ice camp is Sept. 19.

Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at fshinzawa@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto.
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