BOSTON – For some, it means an extra day to get your taxes filed. For others, it’s the annoying realization that the bank and the post office are closed, or that the Red Sox game starts early due to the Boston Marathon.
But for everyone living in Maine and Massachusetts, Bruins’ Day has a unique and special place in our hearts because of its historical significance.
The third Monday in April commemorates the Battles at TD Garden and Bell Centre, the momentous series of violent uprisings in which a small but brave group of hockey players fought off an army of invading Canadiens from Montreal, thus commencing a long and bloody march to the Stanley Cup all the way back in 2011.
“We New Englanders are proud of our rich heritage and the role we had in securing glory and freedom for generations of hockey fans,” said local historian Nate LaFlamme, who joins a dedicated group of volunteer anachronists who re-enact the battles every year on their X-boxes. “Some people might think of it as a day off, but don’t ever forget the brave men who fought and bled for us all those many months ago.”
The holiday used to be known as “Patriots’ Day” until the legislatures of Maine and Massachusetts agreed to change the name because it was too painful a reminder of horrible military defeats suffered in recent Super Bowls.