10 years later, Neely reflects on Stanley Cup champion Bruins


Can you believe it's already been 10 years?

On June 15, 2011, the Boston Bruins finished off the Vancouver Canucks to snap a 39-year drought and win the Stanley Cup. The B's took care of business with a 4-0 victory on the road to wrap up the hard-fought seven-game series.

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Bruins president Cam Neely was asked to recall what he remembers from when his team hoisted the Cup on this day 10 years ago.

"Just how nervous I was," Neely said. "Game 7 in the away building, you never know how it's going to play out. But for me, I was just so excited not only for the group and the coaching staff and everyone who put the work in during that season, but the fanbase in particular, just how long they've been waiting for us to win another Stanley Cup.

"We had some runs over the years but never was able to lift the cup, so for me it was what it meant to the city of Boston and New England and our Bruins fans. Just how excited and elated everyone was. It was kind of a long time coming."

The Bruins were led by goaltender Tim Thomas, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Thomas allowed only eight goals total in the Stanley Cup Final for an all-time record .967 save percentage.

Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Tuukka Rask are the four remaining Bruins players from the 2011 Stanley Cup roster. Their 2021 campaign came to an end in the second round of the playoffs with a Game 6 loss to the New York Islanders.

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