BOSTON — Christmas came early for the Bruins this year. In June to be precise, a month of celebration for which Boston fans had been waiting 39 years as the Stanley Cup finally came back to Beantown.
Last week, the team's championship book, "Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins," went on sale just in time for the holiday rush.
The book chronicles the historical season, through the eyes of the players, coaches and management staff of the Bruins organization.
Beverly native and Bruins assistant director of media relations Eric Tosi co-authored the book with John Bishop, who manages the official Bruins team website. Tosi has worked for the Bruins for the past four years as a liaison between the Bruins staff members and the media.
The 29-year old Tosi had a front row seat watching the journey to the Stanley Cup. Tosi spent many a road games with the team, traveling to half of the regular season away games and nearly all of the playoff road games. It was on those trips and behind closed doors when Tosi began to hear and see clever tidbits that would make for the book's special insider story.
"John (Bishop) and I began to see these unique stories that the fans don't get a chance to see," Tosi said before a recent Bruins home game. "The book is literally a result of us being around the guys everyday and interacting with them. We kept seeing these stories, some humorous and some serious, but they kept piling up."
As the regular season ended and playoffs began, Bishop and Tosi started to jot down the information they came across on their Blackberry devices. With the approval of management, Bishop and Tosi were able to open up the Bruins locker room to the fans and as a result the idea of the championship book started.