BOSTON (CBS) — Fans in Boston are ready for hockey again.
So ready, in fact, that they’re willing to head to the TD Garden on Tuesday night to watch the Bruins take on their AHL affiliate in an intersquad scrimmage.
The team offered free pairs of tickets to the scrimmage to fans, provided they went through Ticketmaster, and it didn’t take long for the event to “sell out.” (Being as tickets were free, it’d be technically inaccurate to call it a sellout.) All 17,565 tickets were scooped up by fans, proving they’re not willing to let the lockout keep them away from hockey.
The game will come two days after the B’s opened training camp with a practice Sunday at the Garden that was also open to the public.
“We were all like kids out there,” head coach Claude Julien said after Sunday’s practice. “The dynamic of it all is great. I think fans are going to have an opportunity see some really good hockey from here till the end [of camp].
“It was great to see this. It was exciting to see them in the stands. A good number of people came out to watch us. To see the loyalty of the fans here in Boston is tremendous. It doesn’t go unnoticed. I think our players realized that too at the end of practice. … They took the initiative to say, ‘Let’s thank the fans here for their support and their patience.’ We love our fans here.”
Patrice Bergeron echoed that sentiment after Sunday’s practice.
“They’ve been waiting for a long time. We’re happy they’re here supporting us,” Bergeron said. “We know it’s been frustrating for them, so we’re really excited to have a chance to share that with them and be ready for Saturday.”