The Bruins rolling rally has come to a close. After a ceremony outside TD Garden, duck boats carrying players and team personnel filed out of the Garden parking lot and into a Sea of Black and Gold just after 11 a.m.
Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas, and the Stanley Cup were on the lead duck boat. Another notable boat — No. 6 — included Marc Savard and Nathan Horton, the two Bruins who were lost to concussions this season.The parade lasted about two hours. From the Garden, the parade took the following route:
-Left on Staniford Street
-Left on Cambridge Street
-Right on Tremont Street
-Right on Boylston Street
A large crowd — maybe the largest on the route — gathered in Copley Square for the parade’s conclusion. The Globe’s Maria Cramer reported that the lines of people on the parade route were 20 to 50 people deep in some places.
Just before the start of the rally, Boston major Thomas M. Menino, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, team president Cam Neely, general manager Peter Chiarelli, head coach Claude Julien, and players Mark Recchi, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, and Tim Thomas spoke to the crowd. Menino thankfully kept his speech short (no “Varitek splitting the uprights” gaffes) and let the players do the talking.
“If it wasn’t for you guys we wouldn’t have gotten this far,” said Recchi. “It’s unbelievable … We started in Vermont from training camp, went to Prague. We played together, we drank together, we lost together, and we never wavered. The one thing we really did together is we won.
During his turn at the microphone, Bergeron got the crowd to chant, “We got the Cup!” before calling Marchand for a little impromptu singing to the song “Black and Yellow”.
Said Chiarelli, “Thanks for the patience on the 39 years. The next one will come a lot quicker.”