BostonBruins.com - When ranking the most important positions in hockey, it would be hard to omit one very unique role.
One that requires plenty of pre-sunrise wake up calls and early-morning drives. One that requires sitting in the stands of a freezing rink. And one that might even require lugging around a smelly hockey bag around from time to time.
We're talking, of course, about hockey moms. And the Bruins made sure to show their appreciation on Sunday, as several took to social media to honor some of the most important women in their lives for Mother's Day.
Frank Vatrano posted the above photo with his mom, Clara, on his Instagram account with the caption, "Happy mothers day to the best mother in the world! Love you."
Fellow B's winger Jimmy Hayes, meanwhile, took a more comedic approach to his Instagram post, uploading a photo of his mom, Sheila, with some shopping bags: "She might not know if I'm a righty or a lefty, but she sure does know how to shop. Happy Mother's Day momma!!!"
Brandon Carlo posted a photo with mom Angie, saying, "Happy Mothers Day to not only the most amazing mother but best friend I could have ever asked for. Thank you for having such a pure heart and sharing it with me #love you."
Carlo also got into a bit of a friendly Twitter beef with teammate David Backes. After the Bruins Twitter account (@NHLBruins) posted a video of Brandon's mom reflecting on his childhood, Backes tweeted, "When he was a kid, so like last week??"
The rookie blueliner then fired back with a one-liner of his own: "My mom said you were nice to her in high school so I'll let that one slide old man."
Backes seemingly conceded in another follow-up tweet, while also landing one last punch: "1st thing you 'say' all year is an 'old man' chirp..and a good one a that. Touche young lad. Still wondering what your voice sounds like," Backes tweeted.
The veteran winger also posted this heartfelt message to Twitter, along with a photo of his wife Kelly and young daughter Stella. "Happy Mother's Day to the best mommy anyone could ever ask for. Teaching patience, kindness and love everyday! #myrock #shewearsthepants"