The players have returned to Boston with freshly shaved faces and hockey's greatest price. A 39 year wait for avid Bruins fans for this team to win a title and complete the "Quad" of championships for this city in the past 10 years. The bus arrived back at the TD Garden Thursday morning carrying the champions of the NHL. From there, the players took the Stanley Cup around to several hot spots in the Boston area. Fans who were in the right place at the right team were able to grab a picture with Lord Stanley's Cup and a handful of Bruins players. They treated the cup as if they were taking care of a child going as far as strapping the thing to a baby carriage.
Boston was not enough to contain Stanley Cup fever. Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, and Patrice Bergeron visited the set of Good Morning, America yesterday in New York. They finally were able to hold the official celebration today as the parade around Boston took place. The players, staff, and coaches boarded the Duck Tour buses at the TD Garden at 11:00am and arrived in Copley Square a couple of hours later.
Injured center Marc Savard was in attendance to celebrate the victory with his teammates. As of now, he is not eligible to have his name on the Stanley Cup because he did not play enough games with the team this season. Defenseman Shane Hnidy is another name that the players are pulling for. With the festivities winding down, the Bruins can enjoy this moment for only a little while longer. The mindset needs to be changing focus to the start of next season.