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Original Six Match Ups Spin the Hub of Hockey

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Wilmington, MA -- The term "Original Six" in all of its misleading glory (the Original Six are not actually "the" original six, but that is a tale for another day) resonates uniquely in the landscape of sport.

For young hockey players around the world, to play in the NHL might be the ultimate goal, but to play for an Original Six franchise is the stuff of which dreams are made.

But how about after you've played more than a couple of games in the show?

"Oh yah," said veteran Bruins forward Glen Murray. "Why wouldn't you? It's pretty special when you play Toronto, Montreal, Detroit, Chicago and New York.

"Ask anyone in this room -- the Original Six -- it's special to everyone."

That's especially so if you happen to have grown up watching one team in particular.

"Of course," said new Bruin Glen Metropolit, born in Toronto. "It's always a great time, especially against 'the Buds' since I grew up (there), idolizing the Maple Leafs.

"It'll be fun to play against them (on Thursday)."

And the B's have three games in a row against the their historic brethren (Toronto in Boston, Montreal there, and Toronto in TO). But the B's know better than to let their emotions control their play.

"You take it game by game," said Murray. "As a team we are not looking ahead and we stay focused at the job at hand."

"They are a good team and it's a divisional game," agreed Metropolit. "But you do get that little extra excitement playing against your home team.

"All of your buddies are watching, family too."

One of the American players on the club, agreed with his Canadian counterparts.

"I think it is special for me," said Tim Thomas, who stands to start his ninth straight game against Toronto. "I'm from Michigan and Detroit was an Original Six."

Thinking for a moment however, Thomas did relent slightly when he said, "When you play so many of them eight times a year, sometimes it's just another team."

Andrew Alberts agreed with the latter statement, and indicated that he gets a bigger bang out of just putting on the Spoked-B.

"For me it's a little bit different," said Albe, whose original hometown team, the Minnesota North Stars went south to Dallas. "So I thought playing the Stars was pretty special.

"And the only Original Six team I really watched growing up was the Bruins and Ray Bourque."

Good answer Andrew.

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