, Zdeno Chara
, and Mark Recchi represented the B’s alongside Owner Jeremy Jacobs, Principal Charlie Jacobs, President Cam Neely, General Manager Peter Chiarelli, and head coach Claude Julien.
Former Boston Bruins forward Andy Brickley, NESN's color commentator for their B's telecasts and moderator of the evening, kicked off the meeting by asking each member a question.
Afterward, the questions opened to the public.
“It's unique in a sense where these fans get to interact with people they don't get a chance to on a normal everyday life so I like being a part of it.,” Brickley said of being a part of the State of the Bruins for the past four seasons. “I can sense the expectations of the fan base and how thrilled they are with what is going on with this team and the young talent adding to the high expectations as it should be."
“Tonight was really good. It was more of a give and take so to speak," said Charlie Jacobs of the evening’s affair. "We get a lot of questions by our fan base and it's a real good opportunity to answer those questions and get some good feedback.”
The younger Jacobs continued by saying how important it is that the B’s loyal Boston fans share his and the team’s high expectations for this season.
“I would say all in all some of the best questions were really statements by the fans that say, ‘Jeeze this is what we expect in our 2010-11 Bruins and it's really good for management, coaching staff, [and] everyone to hear."
President Cam Neely, a recipient of this year’s Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey, entered to overwhelming applause from B’s fans.
“I've been fortunate enough to have a great relationship with our fan base as long as I got here, right from day one really," said Neely. “To get that kind of response certainly makes you feel good. We have a good relationship and I sure hope it continues," he said of his warm welcome."
GM Peter Chiarelli, who has been attending each session of training camp, says it’s no surprise the fans are craving the Cup as much as he and team.
“The bottom line is this isn't news to any of us, including myself, that they want a winner and they want us to continue to improve and we see that," said Chiarelli. “That's what we strive for and we'll continue to do that.
"I think you can see the enthusiasm, that's refreshing for us as management and I'm sure for the players and it's a good entree into the year."
Coach Julien also enjoyed an ovation from the fans last night. Flattered and recharged for a new season, he says he is glad to see the fans ready to turn the page on last year’s disappointing end.
“Especially the way they ended last year and the support we are getting from our fans is personally nice to see that they still believe in their coach," said Julien. “The fans see the potential in this hockey club and so do we.”
The final word on the evening came from Jeremy Jacobs.
"This year I think [the Bruins] look so much stronger," said the Bruins owner of his own high expectations for his club. "And I think that the opportunities are greater."
"I'm very excited by what I see."---Taylor Walker