Game 7 between the Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs got off to a rollicking start, thanks to Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.
Edelman, wearing right winger David Pastrnak’s No. 88, was welcomed as the honorary banner captain before puck drop Tuesday night at TD Garden. Introduced on the Jumbotron as a three-time Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl LIII MVP, Edelman was joined by Special Olympics athlete Meghan Colby.
Together, the pair whipped the Black and Gold flag, while fans cheered and waved around their rally towels that were given out at the door. Edelman even gestured for the crowd to get louder, to which they happily obliged.
The volume kicked up a notch late in the first period, when the Jumbotron showed Edelman finishing off his beer in a luxury suite with teammates Stephen Gostkowski and Patrick Chung. Other Patriots in attendance included center David Andrews and Sony Michel.
Earlier in the day, Edelman was spotted catching passes from quarterback Tom Brady at Boston College.