Tradition continues despite loss of Horton
CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency
|Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks stops a shot from Nathan Horton of the Boston Bruins during 1st period action in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C. on Wednesday June 1, 2011. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI AGENCY)
The Boston Bruins were ready to let Nathan Horton keep the gaudy jacket.
Horton, the Bruins forward who is out for the rest of the Stanley Cup final with a concussion, was in possession of the nostalgic Starter brand jacket (circa 1980s) which the team awards to the player they think was their best in a game.
It is the responsibility of the holder of the jacket, which was bought on eBay by defenceman Andrew Ference for about $35, to decide who should get it after the next game. But when he was knocked out of Game 3 on a late hit by Vancouver Canucks defenceman Aaron Rome, Horton obviously wasn't around to award the jacket post-game.
The Bruins were ready to suspend the tradition.
But Horton made a surprise visit to the Bruins dressing room after Game 4 and presented the jacket to forward Rich Peverely, who took Horton's spot on the top line and scored two goals.
"We didn't pass the jacket on the last game with him gone. I think the team would have been happy leaving it with Horty for the rest of the series, but he wanted to give it away and keep the tradition going that we started," said Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.