Since I had to work on thanksgiving, I am a little late getting to what I am thankful for. However, there is a simple answer as to what a Bruins fan has to be thankful for this season. There are a lot of things that we have going for us now. We have a team that is starting to click again this season. A team that returns to the personality that makes New England a hockey territory above all else. Players that we can't help but love. A great coach. Great youth. etc. etc.
However, there is one thing that I am most thankful for, above all else because of its uniqueness. This team will probably be together next year (you can never rule anything out with Jeremy Jacobs), so we have them to be mystified with for a little longer. However, on New Years day, we truly have something that will probably never happen again. The winter classic is something that will truly appeal to any Boston sports fan's heart.
Lets be honest, New Englanders are more passionate about sports than any other area in the country. New Yorkers will say they are, but their not real people. So when you look at Bostonians passion about their teams, the Red Sox are probably the most loved. Find me a team that can put their city through more shit, and still be loved better than the sox. This is a team that didn't win for 86 years, yet no one seemed to give up on them.
Then you take the Bruins, a team which is a carbon copy of the city in which they play. Blue collar, hard working kids. That has lead to the relatability of this team throughout the years. From the 30's - the 90's, there was no passion above the bruins fans. they drew to this team like a moth to a bug light. The fans felt like they were one of the guys around this team. So for 60 years, hockey was bigger in Boston than anywhere else in the country (possibly excluding Minnesota). Then the team didn't exist from the late 90's to about 2007 (i refuse to acknowledge that the team even played any games during this time, I still claim they folded for about a decade). Then came a wave of young guys that reinvented the team. In the mold of the past teams that endeared this team, Boston became a hockey town again.
Then comes New Years day. The perfect day for any new england sports fan. While it is true that the razor in foxboro would have better logistics for a hockey game, it would not have the same magic. That is what the winter classic is all about. It is a spectacle, a once a year venture into all of our souls as a 12 year old kid. When we would skate on the pond and pretend it was game 7 in the stanley cup finals. This game will serve as a sports mecca for thousands of people who have invested a significant portion of our lives into both of these franchises, and to see the two come together in sub zero temperature, there is going to be nothing but magic in the air.
I have tickets to the game, about 15 rows behind the pesky pole. I don't think I have ever looked foreward to something more in my life. It will be my first time in Fenway park, and I can not think of a better time to spend there than watching the B's. I have a few friends that went to the game 2 years ago in Buffalo, who are die hard sabres and bills fans, and they echoed every sentiment that I have for this years classic. I can't wait!