“The Hub of Hockey” charms visitors and residents alike while also sweetening the deal for many Bruins players who wish to sign on for a few more years.
“This season I’ve said all along that I want to be a Bruin for as long as possible,” said B’s winger Shawn Thornton
after inking a two-year contract with the Bruins.
“I love this city,” continued Thornton. “I love being here and I’m still here so I’m really glad to be back, and I’m glad we could make it happen.”
Thornton is one of the Bruins players who live here year round.
“Yeah I do [consider this home],” he said. “We got rid of our place in Canada.
“I’m here year round. I love Boston; I love Charlestown,”
“I take pride in putting that [Bruins] sweater over my head,” said Thornton.
Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg
was also relieved to remain with Boston when he signed a four-year contract with the Bruins last Saturday.
“I’m excited to be part of this organization and I think Boston is a great town,” said Seidenberg. “A great hockey town.”
For the left wing Milan Lucic
(who last year signed an extension with the Bruins that should keep him in Black & Gold through the 2012-13 season) the fans are a crucial part on why he loves this city so much.
“Yeah definitely I think it’s much better that [the fans] care as much as they do,” said Lucic last week. “I mean it shows that they have a lot of passion for the team and they want us to succeed.”
Lucic said that passion was comforting following a difficult season.
“They kept telling me that I should be proud of the way I played,” he said. “It’s nice to hear things like that when you’re walking down the street.”
Seidenberg and Thornton also factored the fans into his decisions to stay.
“Just the whole city in general is a big reason why we wanted to stay,” said Thornton during the conference call which announced his deal. “As far as the fans go they’ve been nothing but unbelievable to me the whole time I’ve been here.
“The city…embraced me as a player and my family as Bostonian.”