The Boston Bruins showed their support for the Patriots throughout the post-season and on Saturday night, they toasted the Super Bowl champs in style before facing off against the New York Islanders.
A group of players including Rob Ninkovich, Chandler Jones and Rob Gronkowski joined owner Jonathan Kraft and members of the coaching staff as they took the ice at TD Garden for a ceremonial puck drop before the game. Dressed in custom Bruins jerseys, the guys were honored on the big screen before getting a huge applause from the 17,000-strong crowd.
While Rob Ninkovich did the honors of dropping the puck, it was Gronk who ended up stealing the show (surprise, surprise).
As Gillette Stadium anthem "This Is Our House" played over the loudspeaker, he got Bruins fans riled up by grabbing the puck and spiking it in his signature style. Gronk then got a handshake and hug from B's captain Zdeno Chara, one of the few people that can make him look small (the defenseman is 6-foot-9 when not on skates!).
While the Buffalo-born tight end counts himself a hockey fan, Chandler Jones admitted it was his first time at a game and told NESN it was "a great experience."
Watching the Bruins win while holding the Lombardi Trophy? Sounds like a pretty good night to us.