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Bear Sighting! Bruins Meet Ronaldinho

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
B's Kobasew and Ference present a jersey to Ronaldinho.

A lot of eyes will be focused on Foxboro, Massachusetts Wednesday evening in anticipation of the Brazil versus Mexico soccer exhibition at 8:30 p.m.

Included in those sets of pupils will be four Boston Bruins, who will no doubt tune in whilst they enjoy their last evening of the off season.

That's because on Tuesday, P.J. Axelsson, Andrew Ference, Chuck Kobasew and Marco Sturm met Brazilian soccer phenom Ronaldinho and brought him his very own Boston Bruins jersey.

"He didn't know too much about hockey," said Ambassador Ference, "but he was very appreciative."

Ference, knowing soccer's importance around the world, was appreciative of his chance to meet and watch the internationally known superstar.

"You don't get this opportunity too often," said Ference of the Bruins visit and of seeing one of the world's preeminent soccer players practice in person. "It was incredible…almost better than going to a game."

Ference, who had to turn down a chance to see Manchester United player earlier this year -- something about a trip to Africa -- said that there are a lot of similarities between hockey and what most of the world calls football.

"In soccer, a lot of players use teamwork in an attempt to score a goal," explained Ference in a-matter-of-fact fashion.

But it was clear from the three Bruins reaction that seeing Brazil, and Ronaldinho play, even in practice, was far from run-of-the-mill.

P.J. with daughter, Wilma, Marco with son, Mason, Andrew, Ronaldinho, and Chuck.

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