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Is Stephon Gilmore A Future Boston Bruins Banner Captain?



Could the Boston Bruins have found another Stanley Cup Playoffs Banner captain?

The NHL may be back in COVID purgatory but didn’t stop New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore from repping his favorite NHL team, the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Gilmore, a South Carolina native, was sporting a Boston Bruins toque in a Zoom media call and explained how he became a fan of the Bruins and the NHL. 

“I’m a Bruins fan. I didn’t watch much hockey growing up, so when I came here, I got an opportunity to watch those guys and it’s an exciting game,” Gilmore told reporters. “So I guess I’m a Bruins fan.”

Going to hockey games wasn’t really a thing for Gilmore and the residents of his native Rock Hill, South Carolina, or when he played college football for the GameCocks at the University of South Carolina. When Gilmore became an NFLer in 2012 with the Buffalo Bills and even more since his arrival in Boston in 2016, he realized just how much a part hockey is of the local sports culture and life. 

“Yeah, in the south, you don’t grow up like OK, I’m going to the hockey game,” Gilmore explained. “I feel like up north, it’s bigger and you’re around it more because it’s more cold and things like that, so I came up here and watched a couple games and I enjoyed it.”

For those thinking the NHL doesn’t need fighting anymore, you may want to reconsider because it’s still drawing in new fans. 

“I like the fights, to be honest. The fights are pretty cool,” Gilmore said. “I like those guys competing and getting very competitive on the ice.”

Whenever the next Stanley Cup playoffs begin, it appears the Boston Bruins have a new banner captain. There’s no guarantee he’ll be spiking like Gronk but looks like Gilmore is ready. 


With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Vincent Laforest

Sweeney and Neely . mostly figureheads the Jacobs control the 👛 , and related decisions still missing grit and toughness on D .Miller on one leg forget it, Carlo and Lauzon good size but soft as pincushions

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