|Menino recieves a jersey from Cam Neely |
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino donned a personalized Bruins sweater, bearing number 11, at a pep conference with Bruins President Cam Neely, TD Garden President John Wentzell, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and MBTA officials. Even Bruins mascot Blades made the trip to City Hall.
The event both welcomed Stanley Cup Final play to Boston while encouraging fans to act responsibly as the Bruins host their first Final home game since 1990. It’s a chance, Menino said, for Boston to show the nation its winning nature on and off the ice.
“Boston really is the best sports town in America. They’re the most knowledgeable and passionate fans. They have a long tradition of winning,” Menino said. “So it’s great to welcome the Stanley Cup back to Boston and cheer on our Bruins.”
The Mayor went on to thank the Bruins for their excellence on and off the ice, naming the multiple community outreach events conducted by the team this year. He also thanked the fans for their continued support, adding that he feels the Boston faithful will help guide the Black and Gold to victory tonight.
“This team knows how to come back. They’re back at home with the best fans in the country cheering them on,” Menino said. “So I am confident the Bruins will gain control of the series here in Boston, starting with tonight’s game at the Garden.”
Neely also took to the microphone, thanking the fans for their strong support throughout the season. He echoed Menino’s statements, praising the Boston fans for their passion and dedication.
“We have such a loyal fan base. It’s shown the last few years what types of fans we do have here in Boston,” Neely said. “The current players have the privilege of playing in front of these fans, and they certainly enjoy it.”
The team President added that the team has been boosted by news of the city’s Black & Gold explosion. Much like the Mayor, Boston landmarks have been decked out in Bruins sweaters, including the Make Way for Ducklings statues in the Public Gardens.
“We’re thrilled to be back home here for Game 3. I know it’s going to be an exciting night,” Neely said. “And to echo the mayor’s statements, come here, cheer, get crazy, but not too crazy. Be safe.”
Menino provided one last message to fans before he wrapped up his remarks- but he wasn’t talking to spectators who were wearing the Spoked-B.
“I want to welcome our visitors from Vancouver,” Menino said. “I hope that while you’re here, you’ll enjoy our great city. But I have to say this: I’ve heard a lot of talk about green men from Vancouver.”
“Well, you’ve come to a city that takes green seriously. In our environment, on Saint Patrick’s Day, the field at Fenway, a few banners in Boston Garden. No one out-greens Boston.” ---Elizabeth Traynor