Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/06/05 at 09:40 AM ET
It's the day after a big 2-1 home win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Boston Bruins are filtering into the Ristuccia Memorial Arena's parking lot in Wilmington for an 11 a.m. practice. Luxury SUVs are the overwhelming vehicle of choice, and the players stroll toward the entrance of their locker room, many clutching cups of coffee to shake away the fatigue from getting home late the night before. Each player is greeted by a handful of fans, who ask the players to pose for a picture or sign an autograph. Most of the players are eager to oblige, others do so somewhat grudgingly, but not a single player refuses a fan's request. The same scene plays out in the Ristuccia parking lot every time the Bruins practice there, in a give-and-take between athletes and fans that is rarely, if ever, seen in professional sports.
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