, Salem, MA


April 19, 2014

Local fans like Bruins' chances in playoffs

BOSTON — Andy and Nick LeColst share a lot in common. They’re brothers, firefighters and each had stellar high school careers playing hockey at Masconomet Regional.

Since 2008, the two Middleton natives have also been Boston Bruins season ticket holders — and say the enjoyment they’ve had and the victories they’ve witnessed has been worth every penny of their investment.

“We just made a phone call to see if we could get season tickets, and we did. It’s been great from that point on,” said 29-year-old Nick LeColst, who was at last night’s playoff opener at the TD Garden against the Detroit Red Wings with his wife, Jen.

His older brother Andy wasn’t at last night’s game, but plans on being to quite a few before the season is over. The brothers have an agreement: if the Bruins play in a Game 5, 6 or 7 of a series at home, they always go to the game together.

“I had my heart broken a lot of times by this team growing up in the 1980s, so I never take anything for granted,” said Andy, a 35-year-old Middleton firefighter and father of two girls, with a son on the way later this year. “So I’ll stay cautiously optimistic ... until the lift the Cup.”

Sarah Cahill feels that the Bruins have all the necessary attributes to lift Lord Stanley’s mug once again — but feels she might have have no fingernails left by the time it happens.

A 32-year-old hairdresser from Peabody, Cahill often takes her 8-year-old son, Cole, to the games. They’ve both become huge fans since her first contest a few years ago against the Islanders, when Cahill said she became “instantly hooked.”

“It’s a great experience for both of us,” said Cahill, who works at Boston Beauty Supply in Danvers. “We sit up in the balcony — where the real fans are — and Cole is always telling me to be quiet. I can’t help it.”

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