Prized jacket remains in Horton's locker
BOSTON -- It may be the ugliest badge of honor in sports - a second-hand, old-school starter jacket that was purchased by Andrew Ference off eBay for $35.
The windbreaker is one of the most sought-after items in the Bruins dressing room.
“It’s a special thing. It’s something amongst our team that we all take a lot of pride in and it’s just a little thing but it means a lot in here,” said Brad Marchand.
The jacket was most recently in-style before some of the Bruins were even born. It’s given to the player of the game after every win, but now it may have found a more permanent residence inside injured Nathan Horton’s locker.
Horton has earned the jacket three times this post season for his clutch scoring, including the goal that send the Bruins to the finals. So, after wearing it last it was Horton’s to give out after the Game 3 win against the Canucks.
Aaron Rome’s hit on Horton denied him that privilege. The garish garment remains in Horton’s stall, just where it hung after Game 3. The B’s decided to honor their fallen teammate, knowing they’d likely be without him the rest of the Stanley Cup Finals.
According to the Bruins, the jacket remains with its rightful owner.
“He’s the player that’s pretty much been one of our best players every game throughout the whole playoffs so for us to keep it there I think it’s necessary and it shows how important he is to our team,” said Daniel Paille.
“It’s in there for a reason and he’s part of our team, part of our family. We want him here with us so it’s good it’s going to be here with him,” Marchand said.
Call it a rallying cry, or a tribute, but the black and gold say keeping the jacket with its rightful owner is just following protocol.
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