Every kid dreams of playing for their childhood team. Charlie Coyle got to experience that dream when he was traded from the Minnesota Wild to the Boston Bruins for Ryan Donato and a 2019 fifth round pick back in February. Coyle, who grew up in Weymouth, Massachusetts, was a fan of the Bruins as a kid and almost got to reenact his childhood dreams of raising the Stanley Cup with the Bruins, but he and his teammates fell just short Wednesday, losing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final 4-1 to the St. Louis Blues.
Like the rest of the Bruins, Coyle met with media for the final time this season to discuss what happened in the Game 7 loss to the Blues and what lies in store for the future of the team. Coyle was as upbeat as he possibly could be less than 48 hours after such a tough loss on home ice and was grateful to have been given the opportunity to be in a position to win a Stanley Cup with the Bruins.
“I’ve said it before I am very fortunate to be in this position being at home, playing here, it has been really special,” Coyle said.
While the pain of losing never goes away, Coyle believes the Bruins can learn from this experience which will only make them better in the future. A team first needs to learn how to lose before it can know how to win. While the Bruins won a Stanley Cup in 2011, there are only a handful of players that remain from that team. The rest of the team is young and still maturing. This was their first deep playoff run and trip the Final. Coyle believes the Bruins can use this experience to gain another shot at a Stanley Cup.
“No, I think we can get to that point again and push it even more,” Coyle added. “This is a great group in here. There is no question why we were in this position, and how far we got. There is a lot of good in this locker room, and the depth and leadership we have. This stuff can only help you going through the hard times. I think it’s going through that adversity you learn from it and that what you got to take.”
While the painful memory of watching the St. Louis Blues win the Cup on TD Garden ice will always stick with the players, it’s how the team bounces back that will show their true character and determination.
“Got to take it as a positive, said Coyle. “Bad things happens and sometimes you lose, but it’s how you come back and be resilient. Just have the mindset to want it even more after what happened and I know this group is capable of that and that will be our mindset. It is there for us if we want to do it again.”