The TD Garden will be shining with gold, silver, and bronze before the Bruins take on the Florida Panthers Tuesday, and it won’t just be because of Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, and Tuukka Rask.
The Bruins will honor local Olympic medalists prior to the game, as athletes from across New England made their mark in history at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The list of honorees includes snowboardcross bronze medalist Alex Deibold, from Manchester, Vt.; team figure skating bronze medalists Marissa Castelli, from Cranston, R.I., and Simon Shnapir, from Sudbury; and bobsled double-bronze medalist Steve Langton, who is from Melrose.
Several members of the silver-medal-winning women's hockey team will be honored as well, including Kacey Bellamy, from Westfield; Alex Carpenter, from North Reading; Meghan Duggan, from Danvers; Michelle Picard, from Taunton; Molly Schaus, from Natick; and Kelli Stack, who played at Boston College.
One locally-trained Olympian who won’t be present is Boston University’s Marie-Philip Poulin. For those American fans who decided to block the memory out of their minds, Poulin scored the game-tying goal with 54 seconds to play in the third period, as well as the gold medal-winning overtime goal for Canada in their Sochi gold medal game against the United States.
However, no other international Olympians with local ties will be honored before the game, so it doesn’t appear there were any hard feelings when it came to the guest list for this event. They're honoring strictly Americans.
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- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer