BOSTON — Boston Bruins fans boarded the M/V Provincetown II cruise ship Wednesday night to have a good time celebrating their team’s success and ready to raise money for the 2011 Boston Bruins Foundation Pan-Massachusetts Challenge Bike Team.
Hosted by the Director of Development of the Boston Bruins Foundation, Bob Sweeney, the Black & Gold faithful enjoyed gorgeous Boston scenery, great music, and the company of B's alumni such as Ray Bourque and Lyndon Byers.
“It was so nice to have Ray Bourque and Lyndon Byers come on tonight. I thought it was a very welcome addition,” said Sweeney.
There was much Bruins memorabilia up for grabs in a silent auction and a live auction that included an American flag that was flown by a unit of Army Rangers in support of the B’s during their Stanley Cup run.
“I think the auction went great, which is always what we’re looking for, to raise as much money as we can for Mass Challenge," added Sweeney. "I think all-in-all it was a great success.”
While fellow fans were having a great time dancing and socializing, Chuck, from the North End expressed his gratitude for the team and how they’ve included the community in all their celebrations.
“I think they’re totally different than any other sports team,” he said. “They are so visible.
"I even saw a couple of them in the North End and they stop to talk, say 'Hello.' The way they present themselves to the whole public is fantastic.”
Sweeney thinks that this year’s cruise was the best one of all.
“Everybody thought this was the best one,” he said. “Everybody’s so excited about what the Bruins accomplished and the future of the Bruins.
"It’s good to see, as a local guy, that the Bruins are so prevalent again.”
Long time B’s fan, Nicole, who is from Middletown, Connecticut, has been able to watch some of this year’s Stanley Cup heroes since their years with the P-Bruins.
“I’ve been a Providence Bruins season ticket holder, so I met [Patrice] Bergeron back in the day when he was a rookie and like all those guys. It’s good to see them actually win the Cup,” she said.
Overall, both fans and alumni were very, very pleased with this year’s Sunset Harbor Cruise.
Maybe the fact that they were sailing as Stanley Cup champs made it a little bit better, but what’s most important is that the money the Bruins Foundation was able to raise gave the faithful Boston fans yet another reason to celebrate.
“You try to be at as many places as you can for many different causes," said Sweeney. "There’s so many worthy causes, but I think when you have an event like this and everybody knows and sees where the money is going -- kids with cancer -- everybody is so supportive,” Sweeney said.