Bruins Receive Fan Send-Off Ahead of Stanley Cup Finals

Published On June 11, 2013 | By Francesca Pelletier

Hundred of Bruins fans gathered early Tuesday morning at the TD Garden to say goodbye to their team as the Bruins head off to Chicago for Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The first puck will drop Wednesday night, and the Bruins departed Boston with a good feeling thanks to the fans.

Due to the early morning showers, the send off was held inside the Garden, with admittance for the first 1,000 fans. Reaching that maximum capacity was no challenge for the enthusiastic Boston faithful crowd, and the players said they were overwhelmed by the support.

“It’s awesome,” Bruins forward Brad Marchand told NECN about the send-off. “We didn’t expect this many people. It’s a lot of fun and it’s exciting!”

One Bruin familiar with pep rallies is young Torey Krug, who is in his first full professional season since signing out of Michigan State. After spending much of the year in Providence, Krug has become a key cog in the Bruins defense during this playoff run, and he said he was excited to see the fans Tuesday morning. Krug said the event took him back to his college days, when Michigan State would throw pep rallies at the beginning of the year.

“Before the season we’d hold big pep rallies and we’d assemble in big groups and talk to incoming freshmen,” Krug said. “It does take me back a bit, and to see the fans here is awesome because this is an even bigger scale.”

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