During the Stanley Cup Finals many rallied around the Boston Bruins in the wake of the tragedy that occured at the Boston Marathon. They were an integral part of the hope and strength displayed after the bombings as part of the “Boston Strong” movement. Who can forget seeing everyone at the TD Garden singing the National Anthem days after the attack.
Unfortunately like the New York Yankees after the September 11th attacks, they weren’t able to win the Championship and lost. But Chicago recognized how important this was to the fans and they put an ad in the Boston Globe thanking fans.
The ad reads:
Hockey is a tough game. As impressed as we were by the strength, talent, and competitive spirit of the Boston Bruins on the ice, we were deeply touched by what happened off the ice. Rarely have we experienced the hospitality you afforded us throughout the playoff series between two incredibly gifted teams.
On behalf of the Chicago Blackhawks organization and the entire Wirtz Corporation, we want to personally express our heartfelt appreciation to your city, the Bruins organization, and especially, the citizens of Boston for the remarkable welcome you showed our team and the many Chicagoans who visited.
From Boston’s political leadership to every member of the Bruins organization, from the players to the people on the street, you demonstrated respect, good sportsmanship, and a genuine love for the great game of hockey.
Like the rest of the world, Chicagoans have been reminded in recent days of Boston’s strength. Please know we tip our hat to your city’s big heart and gracious spirit. You lead by example and have set the bar very high for others to follow.