Normally, the Boston Marathon took place on the streets. The Boston Red Sox would play at Fenway Park.
Sometimes the Boston Bruins also played TD Garden in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“It’s a huge party,” said New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider, who is from Boxford, Massachusetts, and went to Boston College. “Some people have fun a little too early in the day, and they are cooked in the afternoon. But it’s certainly, I think, probably the most fun day in Boston, especially as a kid. “
However, these are not normal times due to the coronavirus pandemic. The marathon was not run. The Red Sox did not play. The NHL season is on hiatus.
So to bring back some fun, the NHL brought together three Boston area players: Kreider, Bruins before Chris Wagner and the Philadelphia Flyers ahead Kevin Hayes.
Next, the NHL added a surprise co-host, another Boston-area player, the funniest player in the League, to a March 31 NHL Players’ Association poll: Panthers defenseman from Florida Keith Yandle.
Yandle was wearing a shirt with “MASSACHUSETTS” on it. Hayes wore a hoodie with “Boston” and a hat with a Tom Brady logo, although the quarterback left the New England Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I don’t know why you’re wearing this hat, Kev,” said Wagner.
“We have to be fans of the Buccaneers now, I think,” said Kreider.
“I do (root for them),” said Hayes. ” I am. “
“I’m here for reconstruction,” said Wagner.
It was as if they were sitting in a basement or a bar, remembering their roots, chirping, vying to be Boston’s biggest guy, knowing deep down that they were all same place in terms of city and sport. The more they spoke, the thicker their accents.
“It’s very proud,” said Hayes. “There are a lot of guys from Boston who are in the NHL, and we’re all pretty tight. Many of us train together. Many of us have played together. We all have somewhat the same education somewhat.
Video: Hayes, Kreider and Wagner on NHL break
“I know that I look forward to catching up with the guys from Boston every time we play against the boys before or after the game and joking around with them a bit on the ice. “
Kreider’s roots in Boston are so deep that his uncle is in the background for the famous photo of Bobby Orr scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal at Boston Garden in 1970.
Hayes is originally from Dorchester, Massachusetts.
“Whenever we went to a different city, they said to themselves,” Oh, here are the children of Dorchester. They’re going to be in trouble, “said Hayes, who continued to play at Boston College from 2010-14. “But we have always had very good teams. “
“I don’t remember that you were good,” Yandle told him. “But I remember (being) worried about (someone) stealing your wallet or something. “
Wagner is originally from Walpole, Massachusetts.
“You must be the only Walpole guy to even hit high school hockey, let alone the NHL,” Yandle tweeted.
Yandle is from Milton, Massachusetts. He asked others where they thought everyone was on the Boston spectrum. At one end is Kreider, who, among other things, plays several instruments and speaks several languages.
“I saw the piano,” Hayes told Kreider. “I saw the guitar. I saw you speak Russian. “
“Understood,” corrected Yandle.
At the other end, well, the further you go, the bigger the badge of honor.
“I’m more blue collar than Kev, I think,” said Wagner.
“You leave your pumpkins outside,” said Hayes.
What does this have to do with anything? Well, what does he say about your neighborhood? Hayes said he used to stay at Wagner’s on Saturday because he went to church with him and his family on Sunday. The first time he stayed there, he asked his parents if they were actually leaving their pumpkins outside.
“If we left our pumpkins outside, they would break,” said Hayes. “I would crush them if my parents left them outside. “
“His parents fell asleep, and you broke his pumpkins? Yandle said, imagining what happened next.
“They’re like,” What happened, Kev? “Said Wagner while playing.
“‘ I don’t know, “said Yandle, imitating Hayes. “It is a strange coincidence. »»
After Yandle told the others that he considered them white-collar workers, he was asked where he was going.
“Blue,” he said.
“No,” said Hayes. “You lived in Milton. You married a girl from Dorchester… ”
The jokes could have gone on forever.
The break seems to take forever. Hopefully this will end soon so that the NHL season can resume and the Boston guys can start chugging on the ice again. Yandle closed the call with the Patriots’ motto.
“We all miss going to the ice every day and playing and playing in front of the fans,” he said. “I think if everyone does their job … as they say in the New England era, do your work and do your part. Stay at home, stay away from people, and we’ll take care of that. “