The Bruins have many players who are playing in their first Stanley Cup Final. Most of those players are young men born in the 1990’s. However, there is a much older first timer who has ties to the opposing team.
Bruins forward David Backes is playing in his first Stanley Cup Final at age 35. As will be reported approximately 10,000 times this week, Backes was originally drafted by the Blues and was a long-term player there, a long-time captain even. He will not let on that this is even an important storyline for him.
.@dbackes42 on facing his former team, the St. Louis Blues, in the #StanleyCup Final: "They've got a heck of a team. We've got a heck of a team…there's gonna be heightened emotions." pic.twitter.com/qRvGIdL09P
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 22, 2019
About half of the current Blues team remains from his time in St. Louis so his ties to the team may not be useful in game planning. “It’s half the team, so that’s a lot of familiarity, but it’s not like I left there at the trade deadline and I know everyone like the back of my hand like we were having dinners earlier this year. So, there’s some familiarity but not a ton.”
Regardless, his first Stanley Cup against his former team must be exciting even if he doesn’t let on about it.
Tonight, the Bruins will scrimmage to get their skating legs going in prep of Monday’s first SCF game.