Re: Question for older B's fans
posted at 12/4/2011 8:57 PM EST
In Response to Question for older B's fans
[QUOTE]I'm down in Florida and want to know if the atmosphere is any where near what it was in the late 60's to 70's for the B's now???? Being down here and previously Tucson you have a tendency not to think about hockey so just wondering?????
Posted by JimfromFlorida[/QUOTE]
OK 52 years old soon to be 53 later this month, and I still play, know coaches in the area & etc.
Atmosphere is no where near what it was in the late 60's to 70's, not even close. In no particular order.
#1 Back then it was a colorful Bruins team - just about everyone had a nickname that stuck.
#2 Number of kids taking up hockey, I remember when they froze the tennis courts over - 4 courts, my friends and I came down to play, but we just went home because it was wall to wall kids.
#3 Public skating was every night 2hrs, double sessions on weekends with a long matinee and everyone skated, it was packed.
#4 Intramural and town recreation leagues were loaded with kids, at least 3x as many as the youth hockey (peewees, bantams etc.)
#5 New rinks getting built, there were tons of them. I know of 3 that closed down after Orr when things cooled down.
#6 I believe there was even an attempt to start a major junior league around here. I remember the Waltham Big M (whatever that stood for), and of course my memory is hazy but I think there was also the Stoneham Red Wings and Concord (NH) Generals.
Yes, there are more Bruins jersies and t-shirts being sold, but I know of no new rinks getting built, don't know of any leagues getting started.
There isn't one superstar like there was back then.