Former Bruins defenseman and Boston fan favorite Andrew Ference served as a volunteer at the marathon finish line this year.
“It’s great, I miss the city obviously,” said Ference, who was helping with recycling efforts in the finihs area. “It’s like home to me and my family. Coming down, we got the Bruins, Sox, and the marathon in a couple days span so it’s been great.”
The Edmonton Oilers captain was also at the TD Garden Sunday to see the Bruins’ 4-1 win over Detroit.
“It was better for the Bruins obviously,” he said. “They got a little more emotional so that’s good for them.”
As for Monday’s atmosphere, Ference said “it’s the best.”
“The whole vibe, the city’s been great the past few days,” he said. “Everyone’s buzzing around, the weather’s nice. It’s perfect. This is what it’s all about, everybody’s coming together to try to turn the page and get on with things this year.”
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