|Gemma Parabicoli celebrated the Stanley Cup victory. (Jonathan Wiggs/ Globe Staff)|
They arrived at the TD Garden with cups of coffee and a sense of anticipation, looking more like average Joes than hockey royalty.
As the Bruins players prepared to board the duck boats that would carry them through the streets of Boston yesterday, some found it hard to contain their excitement.
“It’s one of those things you dream about,’’ Chris Kelly said while inside the Garden. “I’ve heard there’s a lot of people out there. There’s no better place to bring the cup back to than Boston.’’
“I love watching championships,’’ said Andrew Ference, who brought along his two young daughters. “I get teary watching the Olympics. . . . It’s hard not to when you see pure joy on people’s faces. . . . This has been a dream.’’
Shawn Thornton said, “It’s Boston. People have been starving for it a long time.’’
Thornton described sitting with the Stanley Cup with his family and friends in the backyard of his Charlestown home on Friday afternoon.
Wednesday’s win was actually Thornton’s second Stanley Cup championship. His last one came when he played with the Anaheim Ducks.
After that victory, the Ducks’s players toted the Cup to the beach, where sunbathers had no idea what the oversized trophy was.
In Boston, Thornton said, the Cup’s trek around the city was followed by helicopters. — Andrew Ryan
Bruins-born fan forsakes Ontario
If the night the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup was like New Year’s Eve for the Romanelli family of Niagara Falls, Ontario, then yesterday was like watching the ball drop in Times Square.
“I was born a Boston Bruins fan,’’ said Julian Romanelli, 39. He was born in 1972, which happens to be the last time the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.
And so, Romanelli, his brother Mike, and their families hopped on the road and arrived at a relative’s Canton home at 12:15 a.m. yesterday. By 8 a.m., they were front and center on Boylston Street, and there wasn’t so much as a bag under any eye.
“Hockey fans are different than baseball fans or football fans,’’ Mike Romanelli said. “It’s a lot faster paced than baseball, and football is a little too rough for my taste.’’ — Akilah Johnson
Boy heralds coming of the Cup
From the cheap seats, it was difficult to see the beginning of the parade.
Locked in by dense masses next to the statue of Bobby Orr, on the southwest corner of the Garden, fans did all they could to make themselves taller.
But it was the shortest among them who caught the first glimpse: a boy sitting on someone’s shoulders.
“I see the Stanley Cup!’’ he shouted.
Soon, all of Causeway Street was cheering and taking pictures just after 11 a.m. The excitement had been building for more than three hours. Now they let loose with homemade confetti, calling out each player’s name as the duck boats carried them by.
“I’ve got goose bumps!’’ a girl told her friend. — Ben Wolford
Police praise parade-goers
Boston police are pleased with Bruins parade-goers — so pleased, in fact, that the department posted a short item on its blog congratulating the city on its “orderly and respectful’’ celebrations.
Officers made nine arrests, with public drinking and disorderly conduct among the charges filed.
“The Boston Police Department would like to thank all those who attended today’s Rolling Rally. . . . [The parade] went extremely well,’’ said the release, which was headlined “First Rate Fan Behavior Highlights Today’s Bruins Victory Parade.’’
Commissioner Edward F. Davis also expressed satisfaction with the fans’ behavior. — Vivian Yee