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Inside The Booth: Boston Bruins honor Lunch Pail A.C. Era at TD Garden (Saturday, December 16, 2023)

Throughout the year, the Bruins have honored different eras to pay homage to their Centennial Season. On Saturday, we honored one of the most beloved eras in the history of the franchise: the Lunch Pail A.C. Era of the late 1970s and early 1980s. In many ways, the Lunch Pail A.C. embodied the spirit of the blue-collar city of Boston. Hard-working, tight-knit and full of heart, the players perfected a style of play that became synonymous with Boston hockey as we know it. It was "all for one and one for all" for this generation of Bruins. They left it all on the ice, and B's fans loved them for it.

We honored Stan Jonathan, John Wensink (who challenged the entire Minnesota North Stars bench to a fight), Mike Milbury (who went after a man with his shoe), Keith Crowder, and Bruins Hall of Famers "Nifty" Rick Middleton & Terry "Taz" O'Reilly.

The night was capped off by re-creating the legendary moment at the Last Hurrah of the Boston Garden in 1995. Ray Bourque, then-captain of the Bruins, skated out with Normand Leveille, who suffered a brain aneurysm at the age of 19 after a promising rookie season in 1982 with the B's. It left him unable to walk, but Bourque helped him onto the ice and was met with a roaring ovation. On Saturday, Bourque and Leveille re-created the moment - this time, coming down the carpet from the Zamboni entrance.

Here's a look #InsideTheBooth as it happened, from my vantage point on the 9th floor of TD Garden in Boston.


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