An upfront admission. Have covered every Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and now Bruins Championships this decade and never enjoyed a ride more than this one with the Bruins. Before we put the Bruins to bed for the summer and melt the ice, some random thoughts and observations about the Cup and Vancouver.
Hard not to get goosebumps inside Rogers Arena when the crowd sings "O Canada" in unison. After that the crowd behavior goes downhill. Rarely have I seen such poor losers, booing during the Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup presentations at the end of the game.
Out in the streets they disgraced themselves by destroying their city and their reputations.....
Claude Julien is one classy guy - on the morning of game 7 we were at
the Bruins hotel, Claude was eating breakfast, then came out to the deck
and graciously did an interview - ON THE MORNING OF GAME 7!....
Milan Lucic grew up in Vancouver, his mother had gone to 5 playoffs
games (including the two Montreal games in Boston) and the Bruins lost
all 5 of them. She didn't want to jinx Milan and the Bruins so she told
Milan she would skip game 7. Milan said "no, I want you here." Good
On the flight home from Vancouver I sat across the aisle from a Bruins
fan who paid a lot of money to fly out for game 7. He told me he had
waited his whole life for this moment since his father took him to his
first Bruins game years ago. He produced his ticket stub for the game
and told me as soon as we land he was going to the cemetery to bury the
ticket next to his fathers grave.....
The last leg of my trip was a train ride to my hometown. As I pulled out
of the train station the very first house had some activity in the
driveway. It was a father, a young daughter and two young sons, all
playing street hockey. Hockey is back and so is the Stanley Cup.
Thank you Bruins!