BOSTON - Every player who dons the Spoked-B knows how significant the emblem is. From the six Stanley Cup-winning teams to the lengthy list of Hall of Famers before them, it is one of the most historic jerseys in sports. But, for Weymouth, Massachusetts native Charlie Coyle, there is an even more personal connection than most.
In a Players' Tribune article posted prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Coyle reminisced about his early days of playing hockey in the Boston area. He explained how much the sport means to him and his sizeable family, writing, "whenever you get all of those people in the same place, two are certain: It's going to be really, really loud, and there's going to be hockey involved in some way."
At 12 or 13 years old, a young Coyle met current-teammate Patrice Bergeron and became a "lifelong fan." That meeting added to his excitement when Coyle learned he was being traded to his hometown team in February, describing it as "fairy-tale stuff."
"Boston is in my blood. Boston raised me. This place is my home," penned Coyle.
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The now 27-year-old's first experience playing at TD Garden came when his high school team appeared in the state championship back in 2007. While his high school team fell just short, Coyle is determined to "create a new favorite memory in the Garden" and come out with a better result this time around.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound forward ended his piece with a simple, straightforward message. "This city - these people - they deserve it. Now it's time to go and earn it. Let's bring it home."
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