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Bourque calls O'Reilly the 'ultimate Bruin'

Updated: October 25, 2002, 6:10 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Terry O'Reilly stepped out of the penalty box to the cheers of the crowd, a fitting opening to a ceremony that showed the soft side of one of hockey's toughest players.

The Boston Bruins on Thursday night retired the No. 24 worn by O'Reilly, whose 2,095 penalty minutes remain a club record 17 years after his retirement as a player from the NHL.

"I hope you know what an honor it is for me to be part of such a rich history and tradition,'' he told fans, many ...

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