Much publicity was made about the Patriots season officially kicking off Monday night, but that night was also big for another sports team in Boston, one that is coming off a championship season, the Boston Bruins.
The B's held their "State of the Bruins" event Monday night, and kicked things off by showing a whole new set of Stanley Cup Championship banners, with each banner showing the applicable Bruins logo for each respective Bruins team for that season.
Those banners didn't include the newest one, which will be raised at the B's home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 6, a game that Charlie Jacobs advised fans to arrive early too.
While it's been a nonstop party ever since the B's hoisted the Cup, it's back to business now -- with the same intentions of winning it once again.
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"We're never satisfied from management to the coaches down to players," Claude Julien said. "We need to be ready to up our game for the challenge."
That message had better be heard loud and clear to a Bruins team that will certainly have a target on its back.
But will be there be a Stanley Cup hangover? Are the B's content with winning one? Tim Thomas begs to differ.
"I won the Cup, Conn Smythe, and Vezina," Thomas said. "The conclusion I came to this summer is that I have no choice but to shoot for it again."
Thomas was the Bruins' MVP for the 2010-11 season, and that play picked up even more so throughout the postseason.
Another player on the B's who picked up their play in the postseason was Mark Recchi. Recchi retired after the season, and has expressed much interest in joining a front office staff in the NHL.
Asked what the chances of Recchi joining the B's front office were, B's president Cam Neely said, "He's going to get a well deserved break. We'll certainly revisit it if he knocks on our door."