-- Instead of starting a family vacation to Italy, Marty Turco
took a nine-hour flight from Austria to Toronto and then chartered with the Boston Bruins
to their home city after a victory over the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
His journey continued Wednesday at the Bruins' aged Ristuccia Arena practice facility, where he was finally allowed to take the ice with the defending Stanley Cup champions after he cleared waivers.
Although not many people would swap the chance to take in the sights of one of the world's most beautiful countries, and partake in some of Earth's greatest food, to play goal at a practice in a Bay State suburb, Turco was overjoyed to make that trade.
"I don't think I've really come to terms or grips with it," the three-time All-Star said about joining the Bruins. "Last year, being a Blackhawk, it was a special feeling. They were also defending champs, Original Six with some rich history. Same goes for this club. The difference is, they had a lot of change in Chicago; this team's intact from last year. That sets them apart, which you can just tell from the way they play and act and talk. It's their togetherness. And you can feel that when you walk into the locker room, instantly. This team is competitive, they're together and they're in it to win as a whole. They've faced adversity; they're going through some at the moment.
"Like I said, it's special for me; you couldn't pick a better team to come to, although it wasn't any wishful thinking on my part. Any team would be great. The NHL's a special place. But even that much sweeter to be a Bruin."