Bruins owner chats about 2014 Olympic difficulties
Just prior to the Winter Classic in Boston, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs took a few minutes to discuss the big outdoor game at Fenway, the current state of the NHL and future Olympic participation. In his role as the chairman of the board of directors, Jacobs stands among the most powerful figures in the league. Here's our Five for Friday with Jeremy Jacobs.
When did you first want to host a Winter Classic?
When it was first conceived we expressed an interest and that interest became stronger after Buffalo. I can't say enough about how that first game in Buffalo got done under some difficult conditions and time circumstances.
Fenway Park hadn't been available for a couple of years because of offseason construction. This year, when it did become available, we worked with the Red Sox to put together a bid to host the game. The Red Sox ownership and management group were absolutely terrific to work with. We were thrilled to get the event. Working with the league and the Red Sox, I think we were able to build on what had been accomplished previously in Buffalo and Chicago.
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