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James White, Patriots honored before Bruins game

Patriots running back James White dropped the puck, flanked by other teammates and coaches, with Zdeno Chara and Henrik Sedin on the ice.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/Boston Globe

The sellout crowd of 17,565 at TD Garden for the Bruins-Canucks game Saturday basked a little more in the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI victory when a contingent of Patriots took the ice for the ceremonial faceoff.

Running back James White did the honors, dropping the biscuit between Boston captain Zdeno Chara and his Canucks counterpart, Henrik Sedin.

White was joined by teammates David Andrews, Joe Cardona, James Develin, Geneo Grissom, Matthew Slater, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer.

The Patriots also flooded the zone with a half dozen coaches: Moses Cabrera, Joe Judge, Matt Patricia, Jerry Schuplinski, Steve Belichick, and Josh Boyer.


Once the puck was dropped, Chara handed it back to White as a keepsake. Both Chara and Sedin made a point of shaking hands with each of the Patriots.

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