Wilmington, MA – It’s hard to return to normalcy after a tragedy strikes close to home. Less than 24 hours following the Boston Marathon Bombing, in a somber rink 30 minutes outside Boston, the Bruins did just that.

The team hit the ice for a full practice after the postponement of Monday evening’s contest against Ottawa and facing a Wednesday night tilt.

It may have been practice as usual on the ice, but the locker room atmosphere was not. Many players have worn the spoked Boston “B” for quite some time, celebrating triumphs and now sadly devastation within a city they call home and amongst a community that considers them a family.

It will be the black and gold that brings the Commonwealth together tomorrow evening in the first sporting event since the attack on Monday. It’s a task the players don’t take lightly. They’ll hope to provide joy if only for a moment as Boston looks to rebuild the faith one stride at a time.

While nations rally around Boston, players and teams from across the league have showed support with moments of silence before games and “Pray for Boston” scrawled across equipment, as just a few examples. As Herb Brooks once said, “The name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the one on the back,” and last night everyone was a Bruin, a Celtic, a Patriot, a Red Sock.

Bruins players reflected on yesterday’s events post practice, sharing the sentiment that although a game will be played tomorrow, Boston will remain at the forefront of their thoughts.

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Winter was hooked on hockey by age 6, when she first witnessed a bench clearing brawl between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators. Growing from hockey fan to hockey player, Winter followed her passions by founding The Pink Puck. While she also loves fashion and the outdoors, hockey will always be her center ice. Email: winter@thepinkpuck.com Twitter: @Winter_Adams

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