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A Spoked-B Surprise

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- Boston Bruins forwards Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic surprised two families of B's season ticket holders when they  personally hand delivered 2010-11 ticket packages to homes early this morning.

The Pesek Family
Both Nathan and Milan wore their familiar Black & Gold jerseys as they walked up the stairs to surprise their loyal fans and also brought Bruins themed donuts and goodie-bags for the children -- complete with jerseys and t-shirts signed by the players.

Neighbors came out into the street to take pictures and be a part of the action and then stood by and took happy pictures with cameras in one hand and a morning coffee in the other.

“It’s something I’ve never done before," said Lucic. "You don’t know what to expect walking up to the door, but it’s great to see the look on their faces.

"They just don’t expect the players to deliver the tickets.”

The first stop was in Weston to deliver the Pesek family’s tickets.

Stephen Pesek, his wife, and their two children, opened the door dressed head-to-toe in Bruin’s gear.

“I’ve been a fan for 40 years," said Mr. Pesek. "And what’s really special, I think, about this team are the role models you have for the kids.

"The behavior of [the payers] on-and-off the ice; we’re lucky to have the players we have in town," said Stephen before he added, “We’re hoping for the best [this season]!”

Mr. Pesek also admitted that the whole family loves the B’s so much, they often fight about who gets to use the tickets. Lucic identitfied with that family dynamic and remembered the same situation in his family when he was growing up in Canada.

Stephen’s son, Timmy, identified with the Bruins as well and said he is a forward just like Nathan and Lucic.

The Hintlian Family and friends.
“I play winger,” he said proudly to Milan.

“Seems to us that it’s kind of coming back," said Stephen of the Bruins legendary hold on New England.

"We’re big supporters, and hope you’re doing your best out there,” Stephen said to the players.

The second house was just off the Mass Turnpike in Natick.

The Hintlians, 20-year season ticket holders, were thrilled to see the players and said they should have worn their matching Lucic t-shirts.

Mr. Hintlian also immediately recognized Horton and wished him the best of luck for the season and then quizzed Lucic about the team and asked how his ankle is doing.

“It feels good," Lucic told the Hintlians. "I’m feeling good.”

And so, for sure, are the Pesek and Hintlian families!

---Taylor Walker
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