As the Bruins celebrated their 50th anniversary, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Bruins president Cam Neely talked about how it was one of the great moments in franchise lore.
“I have great respect for Gary Bettmen and Marty Walsh,” Bettman said.
“The two of them are very special people, and it is a pleasure to have them both there.
I can tell you right now that this is going to change the game.””
Cam Neely, who is a friend of mine, was on a conference call and said, ‘Gary and Marty are going to have an hour long discussion about what they’re doing, how they’re going to do it, and when it’s going to be.””
I can tell you right now that this is going to change the game.”
Neely added that the meeting was focused on the franchise’s future and its legacy.
“We had the chance to sit down with Marty Walsh, and I was just happy to be there, and just as I was leaving, I said,”Gary, this is what I’m talking about,” he said.
”We were discussing our legacy and what we have done, and Marty said, ”You’ve got to be honest with yourself about what you are doing.””
I was so impressed by Marty, and we had an hour-long discussion about that,” Bettman added.
“I just want to thank Marty for having me in his office to listen to his point of view.
It’s just an amazing conversation.
I think this is a great way to start to get some of the things right, and this is something that’s going through a process right now.”
The NHL’s 50th season will take place March 11.
The Bruins have won the Stanley Cup four times in the past six years, and they were one of five teams in the league to reach the Stanley Final in each of the last five seasons.
The franchise has won eight Presidents’ Trophies, the most by any franchise.
The Boston Bruins celebrate their 50-year anniversary as an NHL franchise in 2018.
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)”The greatest moment in franchise sports is the Boston Red Wings, and that is an extraordinary achievement,” Bettmen said.”
They are the NHL’s longest-tenured franchise, and the franchise has been here since 1946, and have won three Stanley Cups in the last 20 years.”
Bettman said the Bruins had a lot to celebrate, but also some challenges ahead.
“When we started the next 50 years, the hockey world was going to get bigger, and you were going to see more people playing hockey, more arenas, more stadiums,” he said, “and we had to figure out a way to build the arena that would take that growth into the future.”
Now, we have a chance to build a hockey arena in Boston, and hopefully that will take it to the next level.”
For the first time, we are able to do that, and so now we have to figure it out how to do this in a way that gives us a sense of permanence and that gives the team and the fans a sense that we are committed to the future of the Bruins.”
That is the most exciting thing that I’m hearing about the team going forward, because this is our legacy.”