No, I’m not referring to my fellow Community members. I refer to the arrival of Republic’s hometown hockey team, the Carolina Hurricanes to play my hometown hockey team, the Boston Bruins for tonight’s start of the Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals.
In some ways the Hurricanes are coming home as the franchise originated in the World Hockey Association (WHA) as the New England Whalers playing in Boston. The move to Hartford came a few years later. The name change to Hartford Whalers came further down the road with the NHL-WHA merger. That name change from New England to Hartford was the price of the Bruins support for the Whalers admission to the NHL.
And, it was one Don “Grapes” Cherry who labeled the 'Canes a “Bunch of Jerks” for their postgame cellys (hockey speak for celebration). Don Cherry coached the Bruins when they were commonly known as the Big Bad Bruins (a different era for hockey) and is possibly the second most revered hockey icon in and around Boston. No matter a Boston fan’s generation no one tops Robert Gordon “Bobby” Orr on that.
I’ll extend a sportsmanlike “Good Luck” to the 'Canes, however, once a Boston sports fan always a Boston sports fan, so my allegiance is with the Bruins. I have one final suggestion for the 'Canes: