By Joe Haggerty
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The game of ice hockey and the Boston Bruins have certainly captivated the local media scene, but theyre also a national story since winning the Stanley Cup over the Vancouver Canucks in a highly entertaining seven-game series last June.
With the NHL season set to begin this week the Bruins graced the New England and Canadian regional covers of Sports Illustrateds Oct. 10, 2011 issue for the first time since Gerry Cheevers, Brad Park and the Big Bad Bruins last ended up on the SI cover back on May 9, 1977.
Tim Thomas stands as the SI cover boy on the front with a photo of the Bs All-Everything goaltender stretching out in front of his net, and the Black and Gold hope theyre not the latest Boston sports icons to fall victim to the infamous Sports Illustrated cover jinx.
Just recently in New England sports history Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury within weeks of gracing the cover during the 2008-09 season, Nomar Garciaparras baseball career started taking a serious nose dive after he posed shirtless for the magazine in 2001, Vince Wilfork made the SI cover in the days leading up to New Englands stunning playoff loss to the New York Jets in the 2011 NFL playoffs, and Dustin Pedroias place on the cover SI with the story of Muddy Chicken preceded the worst regular season collapse in Major League Baseball history for the Red Sox.
Theres a tough track record in Boston, but the Bruins are getting ready to prove theyre not going to acquire the same SI curse thats bedeviled the Patriots and Red Sox franchises.