BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The Stanley Cup is back in Boston with the Bruins for the first time in 39 years.

The team plane landed at Logan Airport at about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, less than 12 hours after they beat the Canucks in Vancouver 4-0 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals for their first title since 1972.

The players, many wearing white championship hats and still sporting their playoff beards, made their way off the jet one by one, with captain Zdeno Chara last off holding the silver cup high over his head.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson was there when the Bruins returned with the Cup:

“It’s awesome. It’s an amazing feeling,” said the Bruins captain, cup in hand. “We are so happy and thrilled.”

Asked if he would get tired from holding the Cup for so long, the 6-9 Chara shrugged it off.

“(It’s) 35-lbs,” Chara said of the cup. “I think we are pretty ok with that weight.”

Zdeno Chara Arrives At The Garden With The Cup

“We got it done, we brought it back to Boston and this is where it belongs,” said coach Claude Julien.

Claude Julien Back At The Garden

Julien talks to WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker

A few dozen fans showed up at the airport to welcome the team home.

Several fans were also at the Garden to greet the team buses, which arrived at 9:11 a.m.

“We are very thankful for the support and we can’t wait for the parade,” said Chara.

“We won the Stanley Cup last night but in a part of my mind I still can’t believe it,” said Conn Smyth winner Tim Thomas. “It’s very hard to get your mind around it.” will carry the Bruins Stanley Cup Championship Parade live Saturday at 11 a.m. 

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Comments (12)
  1. Thomas Hood says:

    Didja ever wonder if the Canucks maybe started down a losing path when they hired Eva Longoria to be their goalie?

  2. Chris Goguen says:

    Great game yesterday, so happy we have the Stanley Cup again!! Congrats Bruins!

  3. susan says:

    I can’t imagine how the players feel, but I felt it was sureal while I watched the game….I think I was the only one in the neighborhood, but didn’t care, I was yelling!! SO proud to be from Boston!!!!

  4. Donny says:

    As a lifelong B’s fan I’m truly thrilled for this team, my fellow fans and the City of Boston!

    SO PROUD of the way they won. They worked hard and persevered. They EARNED it.

    WILL vs SKILL!

    Congratulations guys!

  5. gwen says:

    congrats to bruins of boston. usa all the way!!

  6. Ellen says:

    It would be nice to have some of the 1972 Bruins players there as well at the parade their going to have Saturday.

  7. Cynic says:

    Do the Players still take turn taking the Cup Home with them? Does anyone know?
    Akex may ask me that question on Jeopardy some day.

  8. Cynic says:

    I have to tell this story. In 1972 I was working at the Jerry Lewis telethon at Ch 56,
    Esposito and Hodge came in. They were supposed to show thier faces on TV then leave.
    Instead they stayed all day until the telethon ended,answering phones and making many pleas for donations.They later got very much involved in Dystrophy and did a lot of good work for the MDA.
    The Big Bad Bruins were sure a class act.

    1. Italo says:

      Hey, I remember that and watching them on the Lewis Telethon! Great recollection, thanks for sharing.

  9. Marc @Halifax says:

    Been a Bruins fan for 41 years, since Bobby flew! Not from Boston but love the Bruins. Been waiting a long time for this moment. Saw my first live Bruins game IN Boston last winter. Terrific! Thank you Bruins! And yes, they do go everywhere with the Cup. Can’t wait for Bradley to bring it home to Halifax!

  10. Marty says:

    As a Flyers fan, I admit I was pulling for Vancouver to win since the Bruins knocked the Flyers out, but the Bruins played a hell of a series and earned so I must tip my hat and say congrats to the Bruins, the fans and the City Of Boston. Enjoy basking in the glow. See you next year.

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