BOSTON -- Before the Bruins boarded the duck boats outside TD Garden for their victory parade, they took time to meet the media and were excited to be part of what they know will be part of a day that will go down in Boston sports history.
It’s been a whirlwind last two days for the Bruins since they hoisted the Stanley Cup in Vancouver. While they’re tired and weary, they were ready to party with the city of Boston on Saturday.
“I’m a little blurry, I won’t lie to you,” joked veteran winger Shawn Thornton, who also won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007. “It’s going to be awesome. I’m so excited. All my friends are in town and even people I thought didn’t really give a d---, they’re going to be here. So it’s going to be awesome.”
Thornton thought this parade in Boston would be much bigger than the one he participated in with the Ducks in Anaheim.
“This is going to be a little bit bigger yeah,” said Thornton with a laugh. “Not to take anything away from the people of Anaheim, they were awesome too. We had 25,000-30,000 people in the parking lot but I’m assuming this will be a step up. I can’t wait.
“We had the cup out the other day at Tia’s and Stella’s and a couple of other places but compared to Anaheim, we had it on the beach in Newport and there was like 20 people looking at it and they though it was a rec league trophy, nobody knew the difference. But having helicopters over the top of Tia’s was a little bit different.”
Defenseman Andrew Ference referenced the community feel the parade would have because of the Bruins’ reputation as regular citizens who walk around town and mix with their neighbors.
“It feels real now and especially walking through the town with people seeing the cup,” said Ference, who took Lord Stanley for a stroll in his child’s stroller. “Everything about this team -- and we’re all pumping our own tires right now -- but there’s something about this team and that’s just our style. We just walk around and we got buddies in the neighborhood.
“Even today for the parade, guys are just getting out of their house and walking over. I know that my family, we walked over and it is like the perfect microcosm of this team. Players just walking over and only difference today is we’ll be on a duck boat.”
For forward Chris Kelly, who was acquired on February 18, there hasn’t been much time to see the city of Boston, but he was looking forward to doing it in grand style.
“I heard there’s lots of people so I am excited,” said Kelly, who has never been in a parade, never mind a Stanley Cup parade. “It will be nice to see the city and it will be a lot of fun and something I will remember forever.”
And as Ference pointed out, Kelly’s tour of the city and this parade will make he and his teammates part of Boston sports history and give them some new photos to hang in the dressing room.
“It’s neat to know that some of the old pictures are going to get replaced in our lockerroom,” Ference joked. “We’ve been looking at those pictures for a long time and there always going to be a part of the history but it’s nice to just update them a bit because they’re getting a little bit dusty.”