- Joe McDonald, Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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The worn, torn and discolored black, white and gold Boston Bruins jacket from the late 1980s or early '90s that Ference bought on eBay was a symbol of unity and togetherness late last season.
After each win, it was presented to a Bruins player who had a key role in that night’s victory. That player wore it in the locker room and kept it in his stall until the next win, when he would select a new teammate for the accolade.
The jacket was given to Mark Recchi at the Bruins opener this year when the team raised their Cup banner and also honored Recchi, who retired. Recchi had the jacket framed and it now hangs in the hallway that leads to the team’s workout facility behind the locker room at TD Garden.
After the Bruins’ 1-0 overtime victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Thursday night at TD Garden, Chris Kelly was sporting a chain and lock around his neck.
Kelly had netted the game-winning goal at 1:18 of OT and explained the new fashion piece after the game.
“It’s something, kind of like last year with the jacket, Andrew made something that symbolizes a team, a chain. Try not to be that weak link, and it’s one of those things that you pass out after a game. It’s one of those things that’s all in good fun. It just started for the playoffs.”
BOSTON -- Boston Bruins assistant captain Andrew Ference was a bit coy earlier in the week when asked if he planned on bringing back an item similar to The Jacket from the 2011 Stanley Cup season.