TORONTO – The Hall of Fame became a very real thing for Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs on Friday afternoon when he, along with his fellow members of the 2017 Hockey Hall class, were bestowed commemorative rings.
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It’s just a part of a weekend of events for the the inductees that also included being introduced prior to Friday night’s game at the Air Canada Centre between the Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. All of it was pretty special to Jacobs, 77, who is being inducted in the “Builder” category after 42 years owning the Bruins franchise.
"It's never even been a dream because I never considered it to be in my scope," Jacobs said of the honor. "It's humbling and it's very flattering. Looking around at all the other inductees today, I'm very, very flattered."
"You and I raised the Cup together,” added Jacobs, motioning to fellow inductee and former Bruins forward Mark Recchi as both men were on the stage together with Paul Kariya, Teemu Selanne, Dave Andreychuk and Daniel Goyette. “And we're going to wear the ring together. I love that opportunity...Cam [Neely] is here and Harry Sinden is here. There's a lot of great Bostonians here. I've been blessed to have this kind of organization around me."
Jacobs has been the powerful Chairman of the NHL’s Board of Governors for the past 10 years. He was honored with the Lester Patrick Award for service to hockey in the United State just a couple of years ago. Still, this weekend will be about the highest honor anyone in the hockey community can dream of and that’s having your greatness and contributions confirmed by your peers.