Sean Collier Honored Before Game 3 in Boston

Published On June 18, 2013 | By Justin McGrail
Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

Before Boston Bruins playoff games, the team chooses an inspirational figure as a ceremonial flag-bearer for pregame ceremonies. Since the attacks during the Boston Marathon, the Bruins have honored victims of the bombings and Monday night was no different.

Three relatives of fallen MIT Police officer Sean Collier honored his memory by waving a black and gold Boston Strong flag before the first puck dropped in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Rob Rogers, Jenn Rogers and Jennifer Lemmerman came on to the ice in customized Bruins jerseys that had Collier’s name and badge number, 179, stitched on the back. The three drew quite the cheer from the Garden crowd, as was to be expected.

As the city rallied around the “Boston Strong” phrase, it also rallied around the Bruins. The team honored first responders and victims by inviting them to wave the flags at games, and also giving them the “Shirts Off Their Backs”, a tradition usually restricted to season ticket holders.

It seems like the Bruins organization and fans still remember we’ve got just a little bit extra to play for this year.

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