I have this framed photo hanging in the family room of our new house. It's an image that you're all probably familiar with, because, you know, it's THE moment in Bruins history.
Yup, I'm talking about Bobby's leap.
What's cool about this particular version of that shot is that it's signed by the man himself: "To Ian, Best of Luck, Bobby Orr." My wife acquired it through a family friend, and it's hung prominently with pictures of some of our travels and photos of our two boys.
Now, that picture was taken some 10 years before I was born, but in a lot of ways, that moment shaped my hockey loving life. My Dad, like many GOOD ONTARIO BOYS! at the time, was a big fan of Bobby Orr, and, as such, a fan of the Boston Bruins. By the time I came around in 1980 - just over 2 years after Bobby scored his final NHL goal - the Black and Gold was entrenched deep enough in him that it was passed swiftly down to me, just in time to get real steamed about a couple Final losses to the Oilers.
The thing with getting attached as a kid is that it often sticks, and, despite having never attended a game at the Garden (old or new), I've followed the Bruins for as long as I can remember. My Bobby was Cam Neely, my 1970 was 2011, and even though I was born in Toronto, grew up in Ottawa, and currently reside in Southern Ontario, I just can't shake that team from Massachusetts.
And that's why I'm excited to be contributing to SCoC. I've been trying my hand at this whole hockey writing thing for a couple years now, and have been able to gain a measure of success and satisfaction out of it. Most recently, I've been writing about the Bruins (and some other stuff) here, and it's been great to connect with others who are passionate about hockey, about the Boston Bruins, and about good writing.
I hope I can exemplify all of that here, adding something to the ongoing conversations revolving around this team and the game that we all love so much.
I say all of this with that photo of Bobby in mind, thankful that he offered those best wishes, but even more so that he scored that goal and caused a whole bunch of folks North of the border to adopt the Bruins as their own.
So, here we go. Next up will be a report card on the dearly departed Rich Peverley; look for that to drop next week.