BOSTON, MA - Eight soldiers from the United States Army Rangers will present a Bruins flag to defenseman Mark Stuart prior to Thursday’s Bruins/Maple Leafs game in a special pregame ceremony at the TD Garden. From February 2, 2009 to September 11, 2009 the Bruins flag was carried into battle with Bravo Company 2-35 Infantry, 3rd Platoon, 25th Infantry Division United States Army during combat patrols supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"This Boston Bruins flag represents the trademark of the Big Bad Bruins, past, present and future," according to Sergeant Lucas Carr, one of the soldiers from Bravo Company presenting the flag to Stuart. "It marks our steadfast devotion in the call to duty on the fight against global terror and the vindication of the thousands of innocent people that perished during the World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001."
The members of Bravo Company that will be participating in the pregame ceremony are SGT Lucas Carr of Boston, SSG. Mark Sollars, SGT. Andrew Zinkievich, SGT. Andrew Rindflesh, SGT. Alick Holland, SGT. Brian Saminego, SGT. Adam Whitney, and SSG. Zach Plante.
Stuart purchased $5,000 worth of tickets to the Bruins/Panthers game on November 12 for military members and their families, as part of the team’s "Military Appreciation Night."