Bruins Hold Emotional Pregame Ceremony: NHL Story at YouWager

It was an emotional time last night when the BostonBruins held an emotional pregame ceremony to honor the victims of Monday’s marathon bombings. Once the team took to the ice, the 17,565 fans in attendance gave the NHL a standing ovation.

Fans and the entire TD Garden was silent when the “Boston Strong”-themed video played on the video board, in addition to the song “Home” by Phillip Phillips, honoring the first responders with a montage of pictures.

The video ended with a written message: “We are Boston. We are Strong. Boston strong.”

Furthermore, surrounded by the Boston Fire Color Guard, local icon Rene Rancourt began to sing the national anthem. Just a few notes in and he asked for the fans to start singing and so they did.

As YouWager fans noticed, as the game went on the Boston hockey team continued to honor the victims.

When the second intermission came, a special 8-Spoked Salute honored the first responders.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand also raffled off his own TD Garden suite for the team’s first home NHL playoff game, with all proceeds to benefit the Richard family of Dorchester, whose 8-year-old son, Martin, died due to the bombings.

In the mean time, the Boston Celtics returned to the court on Wednesday night versus the Toronto Raptors for the first time since the bombings.

The NBA team gathered with the Raptors at midcourt to observe a moment of silence in honor of the victims prior to the teams’ regular-season finale.