Chris' Corner: Congratulations Boston Bruins - 2011 Stanley Cup Champions!!

Congratulations Boston Bruins - 2011 Stanley Cup Champions!!

I have been a Boston Bruin fan as long as I can remember.  I can clearly remember watching the Bruins play the Leafs in Toronto on TV when I was young and watching Bobby Orr kill an entire Leaf power play.  I seem to remember him skating from one end to the other and back, eventually passing the puck to a teammate, who immediately passed it back to Bobby, who killed the rest of the penalty. 

In the many years since, I sometimes wonder if that memory is actually correct or has been embellished over the years...

I loved the Big Bad Bruins and relished their Stanley Cup victories.  Ken Dryden, the great goalie of the Montreal Canadiens broke my heart many times in the 1970's and the Philadelphia Flyers were my "enemies".

The Boston Bruins that are in my heart had Gerry Cheevers in net, Bobby Orr, Ted Green, Phil Esposito, Derek Sanderson, John Bucyk, Wayne Cashman, John McKenzie et al...

I taped the game last night, and observed radio and TV silence so the suspense was there.  I got up early this morning and just finished watching the game. 

It was exhilarating!  In Game Seven, Tim Thomas and the Bruins fourth line with Bergeron, Recchi and Marchand, were the difference.


Congratulations to city of Boston, the Boston Bruin's fans, the players, management.  Tim Thomas, their goaltender was definitely the difference.  Between the recent success of the Patriots, the Celtics, the Red Sox, and now the Bruins, it does seem like your cup is running over...

It was the first time in NHL history that one team has won three game sevens in one playoff year.  I have since watched news highlights, and though I might be able to understand the frustration of Vancouver fans, the Canucks were picked by many prognosticators to win the Cup and were the Champions of the regular season, there is no excuse for the rioting and destruction on city streets.  I will say no more about the damage caused by a relatively small number of people and congratulate Vancouver on a great year and a very good Stanley Cup run.  To me, it looks like you will have a contender for years to come.

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Comment balloon 4 commentsChris Smith • June 16 2011 09:55AM

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Chris,

Congratulations to the Bruins for a hard fought series. They were clearly the victors. I wish that the Canucks were a little more sportsmanlike and that the Vancouver fans didn't boo the US National Anthem.

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) about 9 years ago

Hi Chris~  I had to laugh when I read your post.

I learned to love hockey in the seventies rooting for our home team the Philadelphia Flyers! I remember them winning the Stanley Cup and the celebration we had! 

Those days are long behind me now Chris, so we can be friends!

Best regards,

Posted by Judi Boad (ACCURATE REALTY GROUP) about 9 years ago

Brian, I, too, am disappointed in the black eye a few hooligans in Vancouver are gave Canada...

Judi, you and I can definitely be friends, but I will never cheer for the Broad Street Bullies ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Hi Chris,

 

I grew up in Boston during those wondrous days of the Big Bad Bruins. I too remember Bobby ragging the puck, circling his own net multiple times and completely controlling the game for an entire shift. I did not recall that it was against Toronto, but it plays as clearly in my mind as a movie on a screen, so no, you did not embellish it. I recall Ken (the Octopus) Dryden, stealing that 1971 series from us and being heartbroken. This team finally hoisting the Cup again after so many Bruins greats like O'Reilly, Middleton, Pederson, Janney, Neely, Bourque and so many others I am forgetting right now could not, is priceless. Here's to this year's team's victory, and many there be many more for them!

 

Posted by Mike about 9 years ago

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