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Famed maestro’s statue sports giant Bruins helmet

(Esplanade Association)

Count the late conductor Arthur Fiedler among the Bruins’ fans as the team skates for the Stanley Cup.

The nonprofit Esplanade Association installed a giant Bruins helmet atop the statue of the beloved conductor of the Boston Pops, just in time for the first game against the St. Louis Blues on Monday.

The helmet crowns a likeness of Fiedler that stands on the Charles River Esplanade, where the orchestra performs outdoor concerts during the summer. Organizers say the helmet is 17 feet in circumference.

Fiedler, a Boston icon who died in 1979, has worn other oversized headgear in the past, including a giant Red Sox cap.

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The maestro’s son, Peter, says he’s sure his father would approve ‘‘if it helps the Bruins win the Stanley Cup.’’

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