“What these kids are seeing,” added Shairs, “is a picture of perseverance and toughness in Bobby.”
Gilligan chose to let his assistants and players do the talking after Saturday’s game, deflecting attention away from himself. But it was clear that being back in the atmosphere he’s loved from the first time he put on skates as a young boy in Beverly revitalized him — and his team and community.
“It’s good for me,” he said, before tapping the side of his head lightly, “especially up here.”
Phil Stacey is the sports editor of The Salem News. Contact him at email@example.com or 978-338-2650, and follow him on Twitter @PhilStacey_SN.