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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 28, 2013 HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss In the end summer finally came, even though the sol- stice had passed, the joyous cries of liberation by school children had been heard and the landscape once more was in full bloom, nature's way of informing the residents of the Northern Hemisphere that the cold and blustery days of winter had once more been banished from their midst. There remained, however, a solitary sanctuary in Bos- ton that harkened back to the months before, where winter's game was still on- going and the proceedings were still avidly chronicled and followed as if it were January instead of June. There the forces of nature were held somewhat at bay, although the ice had a bit mushy as the 90 plus degree temperatures outside the TD Garden tried their best to overwhelm this remaining outpost of a season past. Yes, that's how the ice sur- face appeared to your faith- ful correspondent as he walked upon its surface in the immediate aftermath of the Chicago Blackhawks stunning 3-2 victory over the Bruins on dune 24, giving the team from the Windy City its second Stanley Cup in four years while denying Boston its second trophy in three. In front of me were the victorious Chicagoans, hav- ing been swarmed by family, friends, relatives and as- sorted hangers on, the de- lirium of delight that follows the acquisition of the newly attained Cup fully carrying the spirit of the moment. From one to another to an- other Lord Stanley's Cup was passed, with each player skating in his own way, tro- phy held high, as applause, laughter and sometimes downright giddiness provided the immediate backdrop. Some ventured close to the seating areas where acco- lades poured forth the loud- est, a sizeable and vocal con- tingent of Chicago fans hav- ing made the trip to Boston to cheer on their team. We estimated the fans of the Blackhawks as number- ing at least 500 and quite possibly more, with many having somehow acquired prime seats in the lower bowl of the Garden. Indeed, dur- ing the game, we noticed that quite a number were in the first few rows of seating in what would normally be an area occupied by Bruins season ticket holders. However, they were ac- quired, the placement made the Chicago fans visible as the vast majority were at- tired in team colors and it made their cheering even more prominent with a good number being so close as to be able to bang upon the glass after each Chicago goal. However, it was in the post- game celebration that their vocal efforts attained new heights as they all came down to the lower seats, ir- respective of where they had sat during the game. As a Chicago player would near the glass with the Cup held high, a frenzy would develop and the banging and cheer- ing would reach even more frenetic levels. Later we visited the Chi- cago locker room where an- other celebration was appar- ently in its wind down phase. Empty bottles of champagne were strewn everywhere and nearly every area of the room was just drenched with the celebratory beverage. The floor looked as if a gar- den hose has been turned on and champagne, rather than water, had been sprayed about. We took our leave when some of the celebrants went on the hunt for "dry" people, those who had apparently escaped the liquid barrage. We managed to leave in an unmoistened state and ven- tured forth to a party for me- dia members that the NHL was hosting in another area of the building. And what of the Bruins, those whose hopes were dashed in a now famous 17- second span in the closing moments of the game? To hear the callers to local sports talk radio programs on the morning after the decid- ing game, one would have thought the B's were com- plete and abject failures. But those on hand knew better. Just moments after the Blackhawks won, the chant of "Let's Go Bruins" broke out in the arena, dis- pelling any hint of gloom that might have overshadowed their performance. It was a classic moment by classic fans in a classic town for a classic team. This was, after all, the team that figuratively had shown us the direction away from the darkness of the tragic events of April 15. Their miracle finish in the sevellth game of the first round against Toronto pro- vided a much needed uplift- ing to the Boston spirit. Next came the Rangers who fell in five followed by a surprising sweep of the fa- vored Pittsburgh Penguins. Advancing to the Stanley Cup Final was icing on the cake, As B's head coach Claude Julien pointed out before the Final began, all other NHL teams wished they were participating but only the Bruins and the Blackhawks made the party. While it's true that the 2013 Bruins didn't hoist the Cup, they lifted the spirit of everyone in the region. They showed us a direction away from the darkness and pointed us towards the pos- sibility of a better tomorrow. It takes relatively strong arms to lift the Cup and hold it above one's head for an extended period. After all, it weighs about 35 pounds. But it was the entire Bru- ins team that lifted the spirit of a region and held it high for all to see for some two months. It took a stronger quality than that needed to lift the Cup. For indeed, just when they needed to be, the Bruills were Boston Strong. SAVETHE DATE A Day in the Country (Continued from Page 4) a result of our wet spring. As we climbed higher and higher Matt often directed us to pull over to the side of the road so that we could enjoy the view of the coun- tryside below us, finally at 1600 feet we reached the highest point on our ride, it was there that we took the obligatory photos of each other with beautiful Mount Monadnock in the distance. We arrived at the restau- rant at about 1:30, it was a beautiful day, so we decided to eat on the terrace over- looking the Gilbertville cov- ered bridge; built in 1886, the bridge is one of two in the state. Our sandwiches were brought to our table and they did not disappoint, they were delicious, our din- ing experience enhanced by the sweet scent of honey- suckle that permeated the air. Matt was anxious to take us to a monastery he re- cently visited for the first time a month earlier but first we had to try the blue- berry fruit tart that none of us could resist. Matt ordered his with vanilla ice cream, he has a passion for ice cream and demonstrated it by ordering a double scoop. It was about three in the afternoon when we finished lunch, we returned to the covered bridge where each of us took his turn being pho- tographed in front of the bridge then with each other and finally as a group with the help of a passerby, finally Boston Sailing Center to Hold Open House Boston Sailing Center is Saturday, June 29th from offering a free Sailing Open 1:00-4:00 pm at 54 Lewis House on Boston Harbor thisWharf, Boston. Sail on one of Leave the -'LIVEI to Us[ Gift Subscription to the Post-Gazette, your generosity will be remembered every week of the year. We'll send the recipient an announcement of your gift. Their subscription will begin with the current issue and continue for one year. Fill out coupon below and mail with payment to: Post-Gazette, PO Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 I would like to send a one year Gift Subscription of the Boston Post-Gazette to the following person(s). I have enclosed $30 per subscription. Recipient Name Giver Name Address Address City City State Zip State Phone Phone Zip their boats ranging from 24- 40 feet. Each boat will be captained by an experienced sailor, so you can sit back and enjoy the ride or take a turn on the helm.' BSC staff will also be on hand to answer questions about the Center's award- winning, 26-hour Learn to Sail program, year-round sailing memberships, corpo- rate charters, and more. For further information, call 617-297-4198. and mercifully when, Matt could devise no other com- bination of us to photograph, we were on our way to Petersham to visit Most Holy Trinity Monastery and the Monks of the Adoration. Founded in 1978 the Monks are part of the Eastern rite of the Catholic Church. They are a cloistered contempla- tive community combining a fusion of both communal and hermetical living dedicated to a life of prayer and Eucha- ristic Adoration. The monks follow the Rule of Saint Benedict and live a life of religious reparation and penance for souls, that is, for all of us in the world espe- cially those in most need of their prayers. We were fortunate enough to run into one of the monks who took us to their church, a beautiful structure with an interior fashioned entirely of a warm colored honey brown wood. After saying some prayers, we left the monas- tery and started back to Matt's house by an entirely different route. Matt wanted to visit his friend Tom, in Oakham who had just com- pleted building his new home, a beautiful Salt Box that he built alone over the past year. After a brief visit and tour of Tom's house, we dropped Matt at his home, promising to return before the end of summer. It was early evening when we be- gan our trip back to Boston, happy in the thought that such lovely country and friendly people are so close to home. North End Athletic Association ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT IN MEMORY OF CARMEN"TILLY" DE MARTINO MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 2013 7:30 a.m. (shot gun start) ANDOVER COUNTRY CLUB Canterbury Street, Andover, MA More than 144 golfers participate in this sold-out tourna- ment annually. It is important that you save the date and plan on joining us on Monday, Augllst 5th. GOLF, LUNCH AND RAFFLE PRIZES ... The money raised from this tournament allows the North End Athletic Association to purchase uniforms and equipment for sporting events and add to the existing programs. The North End Athletic Association is a 52-year-old organization, which provides athletic, social, educational and civic activities within the community and the City of Bostoru For further information, please contact Louie Cavagnaro at 617-523-7410