As if there won’t be enough sky high emotion on Causeway Street with Game 2 of the playoff series between the Bruins and Maple Leafs on tap at TD Garden, the fan banner captain is Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman. Bauman lost both his legs in the tragedy, and from his hospital bed helped FBI officials identify Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a bombing suspect.
It will be his first public appearance since the tragedy, and he’s expected to wave the fan banner that kick starts the pregame proceedings. A team of bomb technicians involved in the capture of the bombing suspects acted as the honorary captains in Game 1, but it’s expected that Bauman is going to bring down the TD Garden house prior to Game. Bauman released a statement through the Bruins that fits right in with the strength, resilience and courage of his personal story.
“I want to thank everyone for their amazing support for me and all those injured and their families. I’m making great progress and I thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Please continue to respect our space at this time,” said Bauman. “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!”
The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. This year, the Fan Banner Captains will feature a ‘Boston Strong’ theme with individuals chosen from in and around the Boston area.