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April 19, 2014

Local fans like Bruins' chances in playoffs

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The LeColsts signed up for season tickets during the summer of 2008, long before every game was a sellout and tickets were harder to come by than Canucks fans in the Greater Boston area. The Bruins had unveiled their ‘Hungry For Hockey’ ticket plan, offering season tickets in the balcony for $39 a game while getting all-you-can-eat hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, nachos and soda during games. So the siblings got two season tickets in Section 327 and have never once questioned their decision.

“They were literally trying to give away tickets at that point,” said Andy LeColst, one of the North Shore’s all-time leading scorers who piled up 215 points during a stellar career at Masconomet. “Now they’re like gold; we can’t get rid of them fast enough when we can’t make it to a game.”

Cole Cahill has jerseys of many of the players, said his mother: Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask, Dougie Hamilton and his favorite player, captain Zdeno Chara, to name a few. She prefers to wear one bearing the name of a short-term ex-Bruin: Jaromir Jagr, a jersey she purchased in the team’s pro shop the night of his first game with Boston a year ago.

“People think hockey players are rough and tumble barbarians, but they’re really suck great guys,” said Cahill, who has had the opportunity to meet Rask, Chara, Shawn Thornton and Chris Kelly at several functions with her son.

Also she was not at last night’s playoff opener, Cahill (the sister of North Shore Navigators baseball manager Jon Cahill) is hoping to get a postseason contest. She thinks this series against the Red Wings will fare well for the Bruins because of their physicality and depth.is hoping to get a postseason contest. She thinks this series against the Red Wings will fare well for the Bruins because of their physicality and depth.

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