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On the Other Hand...

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins

BROCKVILLE, Ontario --
The Boston Bruins  Doug Jarvis is a six-time Stanley Cup champion -- four times as a player, two as an assistant coach -- and asked to put those numbers in perspective the B's assistant coach said that each win was special and unique.

"I think that's especially so this year," he said. "I think the fact that there's been a lot of years go by since the Bruins have won, I think made it special.

"I think the team itself, I think with the character of our team and the chemistry, they were really a group that played for each other.

"You need to have that to have success and that's what we had."

"Character" is word that has been consistently used by those who have endeavored to describe the 2010-11 Bruins.

"I think one of the very unique things that I found with this team, this year, it seemed like whenever we hit a tough patch we really responded as a group to get over it quickly and I think that really paid dividends, especially when we got into the playoffs," said Jarvis. "Some people say the 82-game season doesn't mean much, all that matters is playoffs. Well, the 82 game does mean something because you develop as a team.

"I think during the year, when we hit those tough patches, we responded well, we bounced back from them, we showed a lot of resolve."

Jarvis understands resolve.

The NHL's iron man with a league-record 964-games played streak (with 139 goals and 403 points for Montreal, Washington and Hartford), Jarvis won the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward in 1984 and the Masterton Trophy (for perseverance and dedication) in 1987.

But like all of the Bruins, the B's assistant coach said that his family has been his cornerstone throughout his career.

"I know for myself, without my wife Linda being the support she is and many times having to raise the family on her own during the long seasons that we have, she's just been, she's been tremendous," he said. "I don't feel that I would be able to be a part of these situations if it wasn't for her.

"And she's here today, unfortunately my kids aren't, we talked to them last night because we pulled out pictures from our Cup win in '99 with Dallas and obviously, that was roughly twelve years ago, and a lot has changed in their lives.

"They've been a great family and they've allowed me to do what I do and they've been a great support over the years," he added.

So, Jarvis' day revolved around his extended family and circle of friends. But there were a couple extra stops, too.

"It's a day that's going to be spent starting off with a lot of family and friends here [in Linda's home town of Brockville]," he said. "And this is unique, even for me, in the early years when I'd been a part of a Stanley Cup win, we weren't allowed to bring it home or have it for a day.

"So it's only been the last couple that I've had the opportunity, so it's such a special time to share with family and friends."

Jarvis' father-in-law was on the Brockville PD for 35 years, so that dictated Stanley's second stop.

"From here, we're going to head to the police department and the fire department and they're going to gather there with their families," said Jarvis. "I think it's neat when you can share it with the people who serve us in the way that they do, both of those groups."

And finally, private stops around the area highlighted the day.

"And then, from there, we're headed out to where we spend our summers and it will be more family and friends," said the coach. "We're in a small village and there's a number of them out where we live.

"So we're just going to pop into these small villages and let the people see it and get some pictures and just have a chance to experience the ultimate prize in the game of hockey."

And that's an experience that Jarvis knows very, very well.

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