Horton makes trip to Vancouver

June, 14, 2011
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The Bruins arrived in Vancouver on Tuesday and there was an extra player in the traveling party -- Nathan Horton.

Coach Claude Julien said that Horton's presence was special for the team.

"He certainly wanted to be here. We wanted him on this trip," Julien said shortly after the team's arrival. "When you get this far, you're a pretty close-knit group. Our guys wanted everybody here and they've got it."

Horton suffered a severe concussion in the first period of Boston's Game 3 win last week at the Garden. Vancouver's Aaron Rome, who delivered the late hit, was suspended by the league for the final four games of the series.

"I was very happy to see him, and I'm very happy to have him around," goalie Tim Thomas said. "I just spent some time talking to him in the locker room. He's a positive guy. His joy for the game and life is kind of like a little kid, and that's a great thing, and I personally feed off of that.

"So I was happy to see him today. Actually last night on the screen [the TD Garden videoboard], I was so focused I didn't realize he was up there until near the very end. I looked up, I hadn't been tapping my stick or anything because I didn't know what was going on. I've heard from my wife that it was pretty emotional when he was up there."

Julien noted that Marc Savard is the lone Bruin not present "and his health varies from day to day, week to week; he's still in our thoughts and he's part of our hockey club as well."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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