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September 4, 2011

Bruins' Tosi brings Stanley Cup to his hometown of Beverly

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"What does this mean? It's overwhelming for us," said Sandy Bradley as she watched the crowd waiting to have their photos taken stretch out of the fieldhouse. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and for Eric to think of us and the Foundation ... how do you even acknowledge that? We're so grateful to him.

"Ben would be in his glory today, I know that."

Tosi, who also took the Cup to the Beverly Police station yesterday, took time out to thank everyone that helped make this event at Beverly High possible, from athletic director James Coffey to the many volunteers who agreed to work on short notice during a holiday weekend.

"It's surreal the support we've gotten," said the 30-year-old Tosi. "It all came together so quickly, and everyone that helped has been great.

"When I knew I'd get the Cup, I thought of how I could best use the day and share it with as many people as possible. What the Bradleys have gone through and what terrific people they are ... it was a no-brainer for me to do this for them. That's what it's all about."

Fans from all across the North Shore and beyond, some of whom got in line as early as 4 a.m. Sunday, were able to have their photos taken with the Cup for a $20 donation to the BTB Foundation. Others who donated $5 to the Foundation were allowed to view the Cup from the field house floor and snap their own photos.

Josh Tremblay and Mike Lavoie, two 16-year-olds from Salem, N.H., stayed at Tremblay's grandmother's house in Beverly overnight, got up at 3:30 a.m. and made their way over to Beverly High, where they were the first in line. Nearly eight-and-a-half hours later, they got their moment with the Stanley Cup.

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