"It's totally worth it," said Tremblay.
Added Lavoie, "The fact that all the players touched this after they won the title and skated with it on the ice ... I mean, how could we not be here?"
Rathe, who was there early as well (7 a.m.), has been going to Bruins games since 1972. When they beat the Canucks in Vancouver in Game 7 for the Cup, she jumped in her van waving her Bruins flag and slapping hands with fans as she drove into the night.
Yesterday, as she waited with friends Karen Wonoski and Mara Cohen, Rathe had a sign ready to hold in front of the Cup. It was for her daughter Amy, stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas studying military intelligence for the Army, reading 'This is for you, Pooh.'
Jorge and Julia Tavares of Haverhill came with their 5-year-old daughter, Julia, who giddily placed her prized Bruins teddy bear in the Cup's bowl for their family photo.
"She doesn't go anywhere without it," said Jorge Tavares of his daughter, who said her favorite player was retired Bruins forward Mark Recchi. "We surprised her by bringing her here — and the surprise worked."
All told, better than $9,000 was raised for the BTB Foundation yesterday.
"I'm ecstatic that I have this day with the Cup," said Tosi, "but what makes me happiest is the joy it brings other people. I feel honored that I could do this for the Bradley family, for the city of Beverly and the hockey community around here."