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Boston Bruins

For the third time in his young career, Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk returns to his hometown of Edmonton where he grew up watching his father skate for the resident Oilers. Now as an NHL player himself, DeBrusk relishes the chance to get a few days at home.

"We don't get this amount of time in Edmonton [usually], so it's kind of nice to get," said DeBrusk. "Saw some friends yesterday…Today is family time and get ready for the game. It's obviously special but it's one of those things that kind of just comes and goes pretty fast, it's nice to have some days here."

Getting to see his dad, who played parts of 11 seasons in the National Hockey League, is a big highlight for the 23-year-old.

"Anytime that I can get to see my dad, it's always nice," said DeBrusk. "It's definitely brings that element to it. This is my third time doing it, but definitely feels pretty similar every time we come into Edmonton. It's a little snowy out there but this time of year but it's nice to be back in the mix for sure.

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