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The reigning Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins drop the puck and raise the banner tonight in their first game of the season.
It’s no secret that Thornton lives in the area year round, did he feel like the team’s spokesperson in the offseason?
In the post-game celebration after Boston’s Stanley Cup championship 22 year veteran Mark Recchi announced his retirement. In the past the alternate captain title has rotated, but Recchi had his A since the 2009–10 season. With Recchi gone who will wear his A and when will they find out who got it?
“Whoever has it, has it and if it rotates it rotates, it’s not a big deal. It’s an honor if you have it, but it’s not a big deal,” Thornton said.
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This summer has been full of parties and such celebrating the Stanley Cup win, but was there ever a point when a part of Thornton was ready to just get back to work?
“There was a week in September there that we all had our day with the Cup in Boston. Ference had a party, I’d had a party, Recchi had a party, Tosi had a party at the end of the week. I was like enough I’m sick of Stanley Cup parties. It sounds awful but I was like wow this is a lot. I think it’s time to turn the page. After this banner goes up it’s lets go, new season, keep focusing on this year. I mean I want to win it again. I said it the other day once you win it once that’s all you can think about and I’m glad our team has that feeling now and I think everyone is going to be focused on getting another one,” Thornton said.
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When he finally saw the Cup with his name on it for the first time was that the most emotional moment with the Cup?
“For me it was putting the thing over my head. Growing up watching hockey a little bit whenever you watch the guys win it and put it over their heads that was the most special,” said Thornton.
Moving on from all the Cup talk the guys took some time to discuss the addition of Benoit Pouliot to this B’s team. Is he fitting in well? Sean Avery was cut by the Rangers and it has been rumored that he’ll go overseas to continue playing. Many have said that he can have a negative affect on a locker room, does Thornton think he’ll get picked up by an NHL team?
All this, plus what did Thornton think about the championship rings?