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The Ultimate Fan Experience

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Prague, Czech Republic -- This morning, the Boston Bruins met up with some of their biggest fans, as the group that joined AAA Travel for the ultimate hockey vacation to Europe descended on the team hotel for a meet-and-greet with the Black & Gold.

This past summer, AAA Travel offered four different travel packages for Bruins fans so that they could experience the best that Belfast and Prague have to offer, in addition to taking in the Bruins on-ice game action overseas.

General highlights of the packages included: hotel accommodations, meals, tickets to the Bruins games in Belfast and Prague, and ground transportation to and from the games.

The four packages varied on length and location, and there was an option to travel to Belfast (five day trip), two options for travel to Prague (seven day and nine day trips), and one option for travel to both Belfast and Prague (12 day trip).

In addition, the packages also included various local activities such as a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery in Belfast, a tour of Karlovy Vary, a Prague City Tour with a river Cruise and a Pilsner Brewery Tour.

Not to mention that the trips included  various opportunities to meet with Bruins president Cam Neely, Johnny "Chief" Bucyk and the entire squad of players.

Colleen Donovan, a 20-year old college student from Lynn, joined her fellow Bruins fanatics for the this morning's session and was thrilled with what she had witnessed on her trip.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity," she said. "Everyone back home said, 'You're crazy for going.' But it's so worth it.

"It's a beautiful city -- and I've only been here less than a day.

"I want to stay here forever."

Surrounded by the entire Bruins squad, Colleen looked right at home with her favorite hockey team.

"We had dinner with Cam Neely last night," said Colleen. "He signed autographs for everyone.

"It was well worth the trip."

Colleen added that AAA and Chuck, their travel director, had treated the group very well.

"Everything's been included," said Colleen. "It's been well worth it."

Like any true fan, Colleen gave her own early assessment of the squad going into the 2010-11 campaign.

"They need more teamwork," she said, referencing last season's uneven campaign. "Last year they didn't have a lot of team bonding, so hopefully [the trip to Europe] will work out for us.

"They definitely [seem closer] and they all seem happy to be here."

So did the 130 fans who packed the hotel patio to talk, shake hands and get autographs.

"All the players are here," said Colleen. "So it was easy to interact with all of them."
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