Jacobs: ‘Neely Brought Us Cup, Something He Couldn’t Do As A Player’

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Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs addresses the crowd before the rolling rally, June 18, 2011.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs addresses the crowd before the rolling rally, June 18, 2011.

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Bruins Celebrate Cup

BOSTON (CBS) – Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs made a rare public appearance at the Bruins Stanley Cup rolling rally Saturday morning and one of his jokes didn’t go over so well with the crowd.

“What an incredible day in this city,” he said in the pre-parade ceremony in the Garden parking lot before a crowd of thousands of Bruins fans.

“I just want to say Lord Stanley, 39 years, welcome home!”

He called the 2010-2011 Bruins the strongest team the franchise has ever had.

“It couldn’t have been a more magical trip,” he said.

Jacobs praised many of the team’s key players Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi, and, in his words “Mr. Shutout, Timmy Thomas.”

Jacobs Thanks Bruins, Jabs Neely

He also said he “couldn’t have been more proud” of head coach Claude Julien, and general manager Peter Chiarelli.

Then he lauded Bruins president Cam Neely.

“I also want to recognize Cam Neely. I think I have communicated more than once that all along he is such a great role model for the players and the organization. He is the heart and soul of what a Bruin means. You couldn’t have a better leader.”

“On top of it, he brought us a Stanley Cup, something he couldn’t do while he was skating,” Jacobs said.

Photo Gallery: Bruins Stanley Cup Parade

That brought jeers from the crowd. Neely laughed politely with his hands in his pockets.

Then Jacobs wrapped it up.

“The wait is over. The cup is yours. Let’s celebrate!”

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