By now, you’ve probably seen the video of the Bruins game from this past Saturday night, and I’m not talking about the one with Milan Lucic mowing down Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller or the video of Miller’s distasteful comments towards the Bruins left winger. The video that I’m referring to is one that I feel has more meaning and should have gotten more playing time; the parents of a solider dropping the ceremonial puck only to have a bigger surprise dropped on them with the appearance of their son.
In regards to the military, the night was a win with the Bruins adding special touches throughout the game. Tonight’s contest between the Bruins and Devils was not only a game, but also military appreciation night. Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk gave $5,000 worth of tickets to members of the military and their families. The players didn’t want recognition for doing their part in giving tickets.
The opening of the game was joined by infantry in Afghanistan via live feed on the jumbotron, with active military members in attendance being shown throughout the game as well. The members of the forces got a standing ovation from their fellow Bruins fans and constant cheers throughout the game — very well deserved for all that they do.
The Bruins organization has never been shy about giving back to the military, with various members of the armed forces being remembered or commemorated throughout the season during the Bruins home games.Military appreciation night was something that was held close and strongly supported by former Bruins player Mark Stuart, and taken over and lent support every season by a different group of Bruins players. While a few players skate up to the net publicly, it’s the entire team that lends support without recognition.
The Bruins are heroes on the ice to many, but tonight fans showed respect to the heroes fighting for our country every day. With an 8-Spoked Salute and four goals for the win, the black, yellow, red, white and blue were fully supported in Boston.