The Champion Bruins open up their Cup defense season tonight against the often hated Philadelphia Flyers who look quite different from last season’s team even Chris Pronger will be sporting a new look this year after being named team captain. Albeit it probably won’t change much of what or who Chris Pronger is.
The Bruins will be going through a whirl wind of emotions from receiving their Stanley Cup Rings Tuesday night, to the banner raising ceremony before the game, up until puck drop.
The Bruins received their rings Tuesday night at the Boston Harbor Hotel giving out 505 rings to players, coaches, and other Bruins personnel some with more than 300 diamonds in each ring. The rings are made by Jostens who also designed rings for the Blackhawks, Packers, as well as Championship rings for the MLB, NBA and NASCAR.
The Bruins will be raising their sixth Stanley Cup Banner tonight. The previous five have gone through a redesign with the logo now era appropriate.
Prior to the game fans will be able to have some fun around the TD Gardens with “Fan Fest” presented by TD Bank. There will be the usual games, a balloon artist and face painting, along with appearances by the Bruin’s ice girls and mascot “Blades”.
Also on display for fans to take pictures with will be the Prince of Wales, Conn Smythe and Vezina Trophies and the Mark Messier Leadership Award.
Fans will receive a commemorative Championship mini-banner at the gates and all fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:30 for the start of the ceremony.
Both teams have something to prove and winning the first game of the season will get the ball rolling. The Bruins need to show that they are going to be just as good if not better than the team they were last year, meaning Thomas needs to be great in net again with Raask giving his aging body some relief, and Tyler Seguin needs to fill Mark Recchi’s shoes on the second line.
They will be facing a re-tooled Flyers team after getting rid of Carter and Richards and bringing in Jaromir Jagr, Ilya Bryzgalov, Max Talbot and Wayne Simmonds with players like Giroux, Briere, Hartnell and JVR.
The Bruins roster for tonights tilt is:
Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Nathan Horton, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley, Benoit Pouliot, Tyler Seguin, Shawn Thornton
Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Zdeno Chara, Joe Corvo, Andrew Ference, Adam McQuaid, Dennis Seidenberg
Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Tim Thomas
Hockey season is finally back and after a Stanley Cup summer the Bruins and fans should definitely be ready for the puck to drop.