March 2, 2024

Langenbrunner appreciates his father’s support in his quest to reach the NHL with the Bruins

BOSTON — It wasn’t “Take Your Child to Work Day”, though Mason Langenbrunner and his father, Jamie Langenbrunnerhe spent a full week working under the same roof at Warrior Ice Arena for the Boston Bruins Development Camp earlier this month.

Mason Langenbrunner, a 20-year-old defenseman selected by the Boston Bruins in the fifth round (No. 151) of the 2020 NHL Draft, participated in his third development camp with the Bruins as he looks to advance his career, and is preparing for his second season at Harvard University.

His father, Jamie Langenbrunner, enters his second year as Boston’s assistant general manager, after 18 seasons in the NHL. Up front, he had 663 points (243 goals, 420 assists) in 1,109 games with the Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues from 1994-2013, and won the Stanley Cup twice – with the Stars in 1999 and the Devils in 2003.

How does the elder Langenbrunner balance his role in the front office and his son’s in the Bruins’ system?

“Simple really: I’m just his dad when it comes to everything,” said Jamie Langenbrunner. “He’ll ask me a question and I might answer it, but we have good people [player development coordinator] Adam McQuaid and [player development and scouting assistant] Danielle Marmer does all the hockey talking to him, and I can be a father.”

Although Jamie Langenbrunner is ‘father’ first, Mason Langenbrunner always relies on his experience as a guide when charting his own course.

“I talk to him all the time, whether it’s about hockey or if it’s about life,” said the young Langenbrunner. “He’s been through it too. … Sometimes it’s hard for you to go through it in your career, and you just have to figure out those things and what to do in those certain times, and I think that’s just an advantage that I have.”

Their conversations tend to be based on wide-ranging topics rather than technique.

“How to handle peer situations, how to handle coaching situations, how to handle pressure situations,” said Jamie Langenbrunner. “These kinds of things, more than specific game things.”

Listed at 6-foot-2 and 166 pounds, Mason Langenbrunner said he is more comfortable playing physically, and takes pride in playing his shutdown defensive role. That commitment is dependent on his teammates, especially the backs.

“He’s a big body, and he does a good job of it [protecting] the net for me,” said Harvard goalie Derek Mullahy, a fellow Bruins development camp recruit. “He’s got a long stick, so he can deflect passes. It really makes my job easier because I can focus on what I need to focus on, not anything else. I can trust him a lot.”

As Mason Langenbrunner takes the next steps in his career, he hangs on to the biggest piece of advice his father gave him:

“Obviously it’s a cliche, but ‘it’s a marathon, not a sprint,'” he said. “Everybody’s path is different. Not everybody’s going to come to the League when they’re 19-20 years old; some guys come in when they’re 26-27 years old. When you have the time, when you’re given that opportunity, it’s kind of making the most of it and taking advantage of it.”

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