Andrew Ference gives Bruins Army Ranger jacket to Matt Brown


The Bruins Army Ranger jacket, which became a symbol of effort and sacrifice in the Bruins locker room after the Boston Marathon tragedy and during the Bruins Stanley Cup run this past season, was presented one last time by Andrew Ference today.

After every game, it was given to the player who stepped up the most, who faced the challenge head on and bested it. It became an important symbol, something the honored player wore in postgame interviews to recognize the respect he’d earned from his teammates.

When the 2013 season ended, heartbreakingly, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, it was the last game that Ference would play for the Bruins. But before he left for his new start in Edmonton, he had the honor of presenting the jacket one last time.

It looks like he found the right guy.

That guy is Matt Brown, diehard Bruins fan and former Norwood High School hockey player who was paralyzed from the chest down after suffering a spinal injury during a game in 2010.

Ference, always a class act, decided to hand off the jersey to Brown as a tribute to the kid’s courage and positive attitude in the face of adversity and difficult challenges.

I don’t know what size the jacket it, but that sounds like a perfect fit to me.


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Pete Blackburn
Founder & lead editor of The Nosebleeds. Journalism graduate of Endicott College, Class of 2013. Boston born & raised.