BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Bruins officially unveiled their new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to the media on Thursday afternoon, and showed off all the bells and whistles including state-of-the-art workout area, player’s lounge, sweet-looking ice surface, video review room and a new dressing room that had a couple of new wrinkles.
One was at the behest of Bruins President Cam Neely as a giant B’s logo is now hanging suspended from the ceiling rather than displayed on the carpet as they are in so many dressing rooms around the NHL.
It’s become a bit of a debate point in recent years as players and team employees have had run-ins with media and dressing room visitors who have accidently, or unknowingly, step on the logo in the middle of the floor. It’s a no-no in most NHL dressing rooms for anybody to stand on the logo per tradition, and it can become a difficult situation if the team logo is writ large on the carpeting in any particular dressing room.
Just last April, Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck had a few choice words for members of the TV media that accidentally trod on the Isles logo.
NHL teams put giant logos on the floor and then scream at media when they step on it. Clutterbuck just screamed ("Hey, WTF") at a TV dude.— Peter Botte (@PeterBotte) April 18, 2016
Neely said he never liked the logo displayed on the floor when he was a Hall of Fame player for the Black and Gold, so he made the change in the B’s dressing room at the practice facility.
“I never liked to put the jersey on the floor. I don’t know why the logo was on the floor. The whole concern about people stepping on it that seemed to take up a lot of energy,” said Neely, who said practices at the new place in Brighton will be open to the public just as they were in Wilmington for the last three decades. “I just felt it was time to move it.”
Interestingly enough, there will be reconstruction work adding space to the front of the TD Garden in the near future as well, and Neely hinted the “spoked B” could soon be seen on the ceiling rather than the floor in their home game dressing room as well.