All Guts, No Glory: 2014 'Player of the Game' Jacket Pays Tribute to Bruins' History
BostonBruins.com - "Old-Time Hockey. All Guts. No Glory." These are the words stitched on the back of the Bruins' new Player of the Game jacket, a varsity-style get-up, with weathered tan leather sleeves, that was once worn by Johnny "The Chief" Bucyk.
Milan Lucic was wearing it in front of his locker room stall on Saturday afternoon, as the Bruins took two points in a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers to clinch the top spot in the Eastern Conference heading into the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Lucic notched two goals and an assist in the win.
Following the victory, Boston only has four games remaining in the regular season, before a new quest for the Cup begins.
"This is the new game jacket, from Johnny Bucyk," said a smiling Lucic, the first to don the new 2014 version of the jacket. "This is the new look from here on in, after a win, and hopefully we can pass it along for a long time."
The Jacket has taken on a meaning beyond just the fabric of its makeup since the Bruins' 2011 run to the Cup. The 2013 run saw the Bruins pass along a military jacket from win to win, that was given to Andrew Ference as a gift from Army Rangers.
This time around, it was The Captain, Zdeno Chara, who decided to acquire the new jacket from the Bruins' legend that has been a part of the organization for more than 50 years.
"Being the Captain, he stepped up and carried the tradition," said Lucic.
It's fitting, that the Bruins are celebrating their 90th year as a franchise this season. For 21 seasons, Bucyk suited up in the Black & Gold, helping bring Boston two Stanley Cups along the way. The all-time great is still amongst the team on every road trip, and is as much a part of the team as the current Captain.
"There's a lot more meaning to the jacket than just a jacket," said Chara. "It's an expression of what the meaning is of being a Bruin, the history, and all the things that have happened, and the pride, and humbleness, hard work, and just to be really aware of what a privilege it is to be playing for this organization with so much history and so many players, former, recent."
"It's just a huge honor and we have to recognize that, and really respond to those kind of things."
Bucyk never thought of himself as a superstar; he didn't need the glamour. He just powered along, tough-as-nails, putting pride into every game - the Bruins' way.
"There’s a lot of respect for those guys, the past of this franchise and the people that have been here," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. "And it’s Johnny Bucyk’s jacket…he’s been real good to us, and we felt that this was a great opportunity for him to continue to be a part of our group, which he is, and donate something that I think the players are finding really important right now."
"It's an homage to those guys that have been here and done so well, and I think our players, as I said, have a lot of respect for those guys and they want to continue the tradition."
From one Captain to another, the respect will now be passed on from one Bruin to another, as they do 'whatever it takes' to keep the jacket being passed on throughout the postseason.
What did the jacket say again?
"All Guts. No Glory."