Having grown up in Minnesota, Bears coach Marc Trestman has more than a passing interest in the Blackhawks-Bruins Stanley Cup Finals matchup.
"I grew up at a time when we didn't have indoor arenas," Trestman said. "I was one of the guys that was shoveling the pond to be able to go skate with my friends, so I've experienced it at that level and grew up with the North Stars and loved hockey and love the game."
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Trestman believes his squad can take some cues from Joel Quenneville's team.
"I was just talking to some of the guys about the way the Blackhawks have handled their success throughout the season," Trestman said. "It's the constant, daily mindset of just trying to get better. That's what you're hearing from their players. They're a hard-working team.
"I've watched them play in person and on TV. You can learn from the way they built their team and how they responded not only to their success but also to the periodic adversity they've had throughout the year. So, as professionals, coaches and athletes, you know we can learn from their success, and I think we do watching them play."
Playing it safe:
The numbers at wide receiver were diminished at Wednesday's minicamp practice with Alshon Jeffery and rookie Marquess Wilson both nursing minor hamstring injuries and Brandon Marshall out as a precaution following hip surgery.
"We're being very prudent with Brandon, and Alshon tweaked his ham last week on a long ball," coach Marc Trestman said. "We're just trying to be mindful and make sure that they're healthy as we move into training camp."
In his first stint with the Bears (2009-10), wide receiver Devin Aromashodu had 34 receptions for 447 yards and 4 touchdowns, and he was a favorite of quarterback Jay Cutler, who liked his combination of size and speed.
The 6-foot-2, 201-pound Aromashodu had 37 catches for 650 yards the past two seasons for the Vikings, but coming back to the Bears as an unrestricted free agent was a logical choice for him.
"Some (options) started coming up as of late," he said. "But it was just being familiar here, knowing some of the players, especially the quarterback, who I played with before. It made things a little bit easier."