If you took a poll of most passionate sports cities in North America, Boston would certainly be in the conversation. Years of futility for every team NOT named the Celtics meant it was a fanbase with plenty of pent up energy as well. But with the Bruins’ Stanley Cup victory, each of the four major sports teams in the city has won a championship in the last ten years. In the Patriots and Red Sox cases—multiple championships.
What a difference a decade makes.
For all of the parades over the last few years, the Boston Police Department has said that Saturday’s “rolling rally” for the Boston Bruins is the largest celebration in the city’s history. It certainly helped that the city of Boston chose to hold the event on a Saturday morning so everyone who wanted to make it to parade could attend. Add almost four decades of building excitement, mix in a beautiful June day in New England, and it should be no surprise that the masses were out in full force.
The best news coming from the parade is that the city was able to host almost a million people without any reported incidents (assuming we don’t classify Brad Marchand rapping an incident). When asked what he expected for the parade, here’s what Cam Neely told reporters:
“Mayhem. These fans have been waiting a long, long time for this. They deserve this. Today’s their day to really celebrate this. It’s going to be great.”
At the rally before the parade, Neely addressed the crowd directly:
“Also, we can’t thank you, the fans, enough,” said Neely. “It’s such a privilege for our players to play in front of you guys. The support you guys give us all year long has been incredible. You guys have waited too long for this. But enjoy it. Enjoy the heck out of this.”
Just about every player, coach, and executive told the crowd that they can’t wait to bring the Cup back again. But after 39 years, it might be a good idea to sit back and enjoy this one for a little while. After today’s parade, the team will be able to do just that. Relax.
Congrats to all the Bruins fans who have been waiting for a long time for this day. If you were able to make it to the parade today in Boston, let us hear your stories in the comments.
Teuvo Teravainen has played both center and right wing over the course of his brief NHL career.
Now, he’s got a new position — left wing — and a pair of shiny new linemates to boot.
Teravainen will open the year playing alongside captain Jonathan Toews and right wing Marian Hossa, per the Sun-Times.
The move could be a boon for the young Finn. Several ex-Chicago wingers thrived playing alongside Toews and Hossa, most notably Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of production Teravainen, who just turned 21 last month, can manufacture on Chicago’s top line. His numbers from last year weren’t spectacular (nine points in 34 games), but he did a solid job of racking up points en route to the Stanley Cup, with 10 in 18 games.
It’ll also be interesting to see how long he sticks with Toews and Hossa.
Head coach Joel Quenneville has been known as a frequent user of the line blender, often switching up his combos at at moment’s notice.
That said, Quenneville is hoping to find some stability with this new-look group.
“[Teuvo will] play there to start the season,” he said. “Hopefully, all year.”
Pretty cool story out of Texas, where Mattias Janmark, the 22-year-old rookie that’s played a grand total of nine games in North America, has defied the odds to make the Stars’ opening-night roster.
“It’s a great story,” Dallas GM Jim Nill said, per the Morning News. “We really only planned to have him here for maybe two preseason games and then send him back. But he just kept being one of the best players out there, and he changed our minds.
“It’s a great example of what you can do if you just play hard.”
Nill acquired Janmark, 22, from Detroit at last year’s deadline as part of the Erik Cole trade. Nill was familiar with the Swedish forward from his time with the Wings — he was part of the front office team that drafted Janmark in ’13 — but didn’t think the deal would pay such immediate dividends.
As for Janmark, he didn’t even think he’d be in North America this year.
He has a contract with SHL club Frolunda, where he scored 36 points in 55 games last year. Given he’s barely played in the AHL — a few games with Grand Rapids, a few with Texas — Janmark figured he’d be back in Europe this season.
His strong play in the exhibition season changed all that. Janmark beat out two of Dallas’ touted prospects — former AHL rookie of the year Curtis McKenzie, and ’12 first-rounder Radek Faksa — for a roster spot, and showed good chemistry with third-line center Cody Eakin.
Janmark also performed well on a line with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky.