Jeff Bauman is a hero. He is not some basketball player, he did not hit a buzzer-beater, return from a broken ankle, or try to lace them while suffering from the flu.
He is a hero — despite losing both of his legs during the Boston Marathon bombings, he still played a crucial role in the apprehension of the culprits responsible for the terrorist attack on his city.
Thus, in an effort to honor him and those affected at Copley Plaza, the Bruins brought Bauman onto the ice as the banner captain to wave a “Boston Strong” flag prior to the team’s Game 2 showdown against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
It was a moment Bauman himself will never forget, and one that should make every Bostonian and every American proud.
“I want to thank everyone for their amazing support for me and all those injured and their families,” Bauman said in a statement. “I’m making great progress and I thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Please continue to respect our space at this time. I want to thank the Bruins players and organization for the generosity and support for all those impacted. Like all those in Black and Gold I can’t wait to see them on another quest for the cup. Go Bruins!”
Here’s a video of the pregame ceremony, courtesy of NESN: