BostonBruins.com -- Despite all of his years in the NHL and his three Stanley Cup championships, Mark Recchi admitted that he was a little nervous as he waited for Lord Stanley's bowl to arrive on Saturday morning.
"We're going to make it as laid back a day as I can," he said. "But I'm still really excited and still getting nervous [because] the Cup is coming here."
Even with the excitement, Recchi said that he is definitely not thinking about giving it another go come September.
"You know, just because it ended my career on a high note," he said of his reasoning. "This was the best kind of ending you could ask for.
"Not too many people get to do that, and end their career on top, so it's the perfect way to go."
But the B's former alternate captain reiterated why his time with the Bruins was so special.
"Just being around the guys all year and how great a group we had together," explained Recchi. "We really pulled together through thick and thin and good times and bad times.
"We had a lot of fun together and we did it the right way."
And Recchi is going to handle his Cup day the right way, too.
He'll give back to his community in Kamloops, BC.
"As soon as it gets here I'm going down to get a picture with the Royal Mounted Police here with their horses," he said. "Then I have a luncheon with the Royal Inland Hospital for the ICU foundation.
"We're raising some money there and then I'm taking the Cup up to the hospital to see the kids, patients and staff and let them get a chance to see it.
"Then it will be at my parents place. It's private, probably close to 80 people when it's all said and done."
Recchi also said that he won't be the only Bruin in town today.
"Andrew [Ference] is coming up, which will be really good, with his family," said Recchi of the B's defenseman. "It will be nice to see them."
Like all of his former teammates who have had their day with the Cup this summer, Recchi stressed the importance of his friends and family getting their moment with Lord Stanley in his hometown.
"It's something special," he said. "All my family is here.
"I don't think there's that many people who cheered for me here, in BC, so it makes it a little bit interesting," added Recchi with a chuckle. "But the family is getting a great opportunity to spend a great day.
"It's great to spend it with the kids. It's really neat."
This time around, however, the kids will remember the day.
"It's been great, it's been wonderful," said Recchi. "They're excited and they know what's going on now, which is kind of nice.
"They're really excited about it."
The beloved Bruin, who will get another day with Lord Stanley later this summer, said he is really excited for the future, too.
"You know, it's been a great run," said Recchi, who explained he'll be a little bit more involved with his junior team in Kamloops this season.
"I will, a little bit, I'll come into town a little bit more and see what's going on," before he hinted at the next chapter in his personal hockey odyssey.
"Maybe I'll see if I can get into the management side at some point in the NHL and get back into the game."