As the much anticipated puck drop for the Bruins’ season opener on Saturday the 17th approaches, many B’s fans gathered at The Harp in Boston Thursday night for the Hockey Resurrection Party. The event was organized by Ring Communications and Boston Sports Then & Now/Big Bad Bruins. 98.5 The Sports Hub and Coors Light were there for giveaways and a silent auction was held with items supplied by Sports World USA. Among the esteemed guests were legendary TD Garden anthem singer Rene Rancourt, Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton, and former Bruin and WAAF personality Lyndon Byers.
The Bruins faithful were out in full force tonight as most of the night saw many fans shoulder to shoulder, donned in black and gold, just happy to celebrate the return of their beloved Boston Bruins.
CSNNE‘s A. Sherrod Blakely stopped by the party, and despite admitting to only having gone to one Bruins game, was still impressed by the turnout of the fans. “The Bruins are obviously a big deal in Boston” said Blakely “It’s a great, great atmosphere”. He wasn’t kidding, over 600 fans packed into the Harp Thursday night for the event.
“When I used to cover the ACC in North Carolina, the fans were very rowdy” Blakely continued “Bruins fans remind me of that, they become a part of the game”.
Among the many Bruins die-hards in attendance was a man with a Viking’s helmet and a shield sporting the Bruins’ logo, a gentleman with a fake beard and a Winter Classic jersey with Eddie Shore’s number 2 on the back, and an uncountable amount of Bruins jerseys featuring the numbers of current, former, and retired players.
Those in attendance were treated to an early preview of something they knew all too well. Rene Rancourt sang his rendition of the star spangled banner for the crowd prompting them to sing along. He then said he would be singing the Canadian anthem Saturday in French asking “anyone in here speak French?”. One man in the crowd could and Rancourt gave him the mic. After allowing the fan to sing a few lines Rene took the mic back and said to the crowd “Let’s throw this guy out of here”.
After handing the mic off Rene began taking pictures with any fans who asked, even going so far as to let them try on his Bruins Stanley Cup Championship ring. When asked whether or not he was nervous about singing the anthem for the game Saturday he smiled and said “I’m like a man who has just been released from prison, I can’t believe it, it’s like my first day of high school”. Rancourt also went on to say that he was nervous and when asked why, said “I have to sing like I am in mid-season form, it’s not going to be easy”.
Rene also talked about the Bruins team this season by saying “They have got a tremendous lineup, I wouldn’t want to be the guy that has to crack the team”.
Boston Bruin Shawn Thornton was there to take pictures with the fans and thank them for their patience through the lockout. He also talked about the team’s preparations for the New York Rangers on Saturday. “It’s a good team we’re playing, everyone is in the same boat right now, so obviously it’s our home opener so we want to play well” said Thornton “We’d love a win, there’s not a lot of games this year so every win counts”.
After some picture taking the Bruins enforcer and CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty did a Q&A with questions sent in to Haggerty’s twitter account from fans. The most amusing question was probably “What player in the NHL would you most like to punch in the face?”. Upon hearing this the fans in attendance starting chanting “PK Subban!” which made Thornton laugh. “I don’t think I can say who exactly because I could get suspended and miss a game” said the Bruin “But you guys have got a pretty good idea already”.
Haggerty also asked Thornton if he planned on joining twitter in the near future to which he said “I don’t know, I am not as cynical as you, but I am setting up a foundation so I may have to get one”.
Other highlights from the great night include Mike Behind the Mic singing Play Hockey Maybe from Toucher and Rich. There was also contest for biggest Bruins fan with a prize package supplied by Supahfans. Maybe just being around your favorite Boston Bruins bloggers like Days of Y’Orr, BST&N, and Bruins Daily was a highlight for some of the fans there too. Whatever the case may be, if you weren’t at The Harp last night for The Hockey Resurrection Party, you missed out. The Bruins are back and in a big way. Let’s get Lord Stanley back home to Boston.
Check out the coverage by NECN of the event.
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