BEVERLY — How much did Wendy Rathe want to see the Stanley Cup after her beloved Boston Bruins won it this past June?
She fought for the right to do so.
Decked out in Bruins paraphernalia from head to toe — including an old Ray Bourque jersey with dozens of autographs, a hat, pins, earrings, watch, bag, sneakers, even her leg brace and cane — the Beverly resident proudly showed off her war wound suffered during this year's playoffs: a missing tooth.
"I got into it with a Montreal Canadiens fan during the first round of the playoffs," she said. "That's OK, though; we got the Cup."
Rathe and an estimated 2,000-plus fans were giddy with excitement yesterday as the Stanley Cup came to Beverly High School, where fans could have their photo taken with sport's most famous trophy.
Beverly native Eric Tosi, who works for the Bruins as assistant director of media relations, got to have his day with the Cup yesterday (members of the Stanley Cup winning team and organization get to have their own day with the trophy). As part of his 14-hour window with the silver chalice, he decided to host a fundraiser at the Beverly High School field house for the Benjamin T. Bradley Foundation.
The BTB Foundation was founded 10 years ago in memory of Ben Bradley, a former Beverly High hockey star and, like Tosi, a member of the BHS Class of 1999. He died in an auto accident in April of 2001.
Ben Bradley's parents, Bill and Sandy, and his sisters Erin and Corey walked out onto the field house stage with Tosi holding the Stanley Cup aloft to a raucous ovation.
Corey Bradley, Ben's younger sister, left New York early Sunday morning to be at the field house with her family, while Erin cut short a family trip to Maine.