Bruins rookie from N.S. playing for Stanley Cup
Marchand family watched Friday night Boston win on 'pins and needles'
Members of one Nova Scotia family couldn't be prouder after the Boston Bruins 1—nothing win Friday night over Tampa Bay that's secured the team a spot in the Stanley Cup final.
The extended family of 22-year-old Bruins rookie winger Brad Marchand, who hails from Tantallon, N.S., gathered in the rec room of his uncle's home to watch the game.
"Everybody just jumped out of their chairs high-fiving and hugging each other and there was more noise, we couldn't even hear what the announcers were saying," Eugene O'Leary, Marchand's grandfather, told CBC News Saturday. "We just went crazy. We were on pins and needles until the game was over."
Marchand's parents travelled to Boston for the game.
O'Leary said it's mind-boggling to think that his grandson is playing for the cup so early in his career.
"It's something else to think that when they last won the cup way back in '72 he wasn't even born or even thought of and here he is in his first year making the Stanley cup playoffs and even if we don't get the cup he's done well he's got into the finals and we're quite proud of that of course. We'd like to see him win it, but if he doesn't we're still proud of how far they went."
In April, Marchand was awarded the Bruins' Seventh Player Award as voted by the club's fans through the regional New England Sports Network. The award goes to the Bruins player who fans believe best performed beyond expectations.
Game one of the Stanley Cup final between the Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks goes Wednesday.
Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBC Television's Hockey Night in Canada and CBCSports.ca