FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Running back Shane Vereen enters his third season with the Patriots, and also his third season as a Boston Bruins fan. He simply wasn't exposed much to hockey growing up in California. "It's very new for me," Vereen said Tuesday during a break in the Patriots' offseason program. "I'm still learning the game a little bit. In California, hockey is not the biggest thing -- a couple of my friends played -- but coming out here hockey is life. I've bought into it. I went to a game a couple of days ago, the atmosphere was unbelievable, and I saw the game last night. I'm in."