Chris Wagner excited to be home with the Bruins

Chris Wagner excited to be home with the Bruins

The following article was posted on www.bostonherald.com on Saturday, September 29 featuring former Colgate standout Chris Wagner.

By: Marisa Ingemi

Chris Wagner has plenty of familiarity with his new team, but that shouldn’t be mistaken with complacency.

The Walpole native in many ways is still wrapping his head around playing for his hometown team, but his focus remains on finding a role with the Bruins and making an impact in his first season.

“At first it kind of feels weird because I’m not leaving to go somewhere,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s still work and you get to go to the rink and it’s fun. I’m excited to see my family and friends, it’s a great feeling.”

The 27-year-old has previously laced up with the Ducks, Avalanche and Islanders before signing a two-year deal with the B’s over the summer.

He doesn’t have much experience at the Garden, having played just three games there and not appearing on the scoresheet in any of them. The first one came in his rookie season in 2014-15 with the Ducks, then he played two a year ago, one coming after he was traded to the Islanders.

Despite his lack of personal history at the rink located about 30 minutes from where he grew up, Wagner did make an impression.

“My first game at the Garden I kind of got into it a little bit, but that was it,” he said.

Wagner has never scored more than seven goals in a season, reaching that career high a year ago between Anaheim and New York. His 79 games in 2017-18 are the most he’s played in a season.

On an already deep roster, Wagner will likely spend most of his minutes on the fourth line, skating alongside Noel Acciari — someone with whom he’s not unfamiliar.

As kids, Wagner played on the same line with the former Providence College star with the South Shore Kings of the EJHL.

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