Morning Free Association: Last Night

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Last night Willie O’Ree’s number 22 was lifted to the rafters and retired forever more. Mr. O’Ree was not in attendance but was able to add his remarks and watch via remote. When you’re nearly 85 years old and probably don’t want to travel as much due to Covid, you can do whatever you want. With he and his family watching, former Bruin Anson Carter along with some of the youth and graduates from Score Hockey lifted the banner in his honor.

I was lucky enough to be in attendance and I must admit, I did cry. It’s not often that you see a number retirement nor one for someone who has contributed so much to the game on and off the ice.

Even Shawn Thornton was in town to see the number he once wore retired for Willie.

Then, it was a curious sight after the ceremony. Even though the Bruins had come out on to warm up in their special jerseys, they didn’t play a game. They certainly didn’t play terribly. They definitely didn’t play poorly defensively. Heck, Tuukka would never let in 5 goals on 12 shots in the first period alone.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I watched Vegas vs Pittsburgh yesterday and was surprised to here that Crosby, Malkin, and Letang have been together for 16 years, longer than any other trio in NHLhistory!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good morning!
Great ceremony! Don’t think i’ll be watching the replay of that game, though. Gotta say, i had a feeling about it.
Windy AF today! Good day to stay inside. We were thinking of snowshoeing!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. All the stick taps to Willie O’Ree. And stick taps to Fenway Park for this classy gesture:

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

That first period is the most embarrassing period of Bruins hockey that I’ve seen in years.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Morning folks,

VA – I envy you being there for the ceremony. Must’ve been pretty special.

However, I pity you having to sit through the game – that part must’ve been torture!