The NHL players and coaches of the Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators will be in Boston on Monday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Stanley Cup championships, and the players will be taking questions from fans about the challenges and expectations of playing in a new arena.
“I’m just going to let everybody get their questions, because it’s going to be a great celebration for the fans,” said Bruins forward Brad Marchand, who played in his first NHL game at the Garden in 1986.
“You want to do the best you can, but it’s the responsibility of the fans.
You know, they’re the ones that have the most to say about the situation, so I want to make sure everybody has the opportunity to say their questions.”
Marchand said the questions will be focused on the players’ legacy and how they are preparing for a new era.
“We’re just going into a new building, a new rink, a completely new culture, and a completely different type of team,” he said.
“But I don’t think anybody’s going back to being the same guys that we were in 1986.”
Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen, who was also a member of the 1986 Bruins, said it will be a good experience.
“This is the first time I’ve been in a building that is so different than the one that we played in before,” he told reporters.
“It’s a completely unique building.
We’ve got a lot of games left to play. “
So we’re excited, but we’ve got to get ready for the season.
We’ve got a lot of games left to play.
We’ll see how it goes, but I can tell you right now I’m excited.”