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Disowning Jeremy Jacobs' Boston Bruins: Help Me Find a New Hockey Team

Sean CroweSenior Writer IJuly 13, 2008

Rumors were floating around Boston last week that the honorable (cough) Jeremy Jacobs was thinking about selling the Boston Bruins.

For a few seconds, I thought there was a chance I’d have my hockey team back again.

But alas, it wasn’t to be.

You see, the multi-billionaire was just trying to figure out the full value of his cash-cow.  What he discovered (according to the Boston Globe) was that should he put the Bruins and everything associated with the Bruins for sale, the starting price would be a whopping $1 billion dollars.

Don’t forget, he doesn’t just own a hockey team.  He owns a building, a bunch of land, and a large stake in a regional sports network (NESN).

Translation:  He’s not selling.  Ever.

He’s even discussing openly how he’s going to ease the tax burden on his kids when they inherit the team.

I like some of the things the Bruins have done.  I like bringing in Cam Neely—even if his only role on the team is to high-five Peter Chiarelli’s head off after playoff goals.  I like a lot of the young players.  I’m a big fan of Milan Lucic.

I even started enjoying Bruins games again—a little—in the playoffs last season.

But I know how this goes.  They’ll get me hooked, then they’ll pull the rug out from under me.  I refuse to allow this to happen again.

So finally, after twenty-nine years, it’s come to this:  I need a new hockey team.

I have to get emotionally involved with some other hockey team so that I don’t run the risk of getting sucked back into the Boston Bruins next season.

So I’m looking for suggestions.  I’ve come up with the following criteria:


My new team can’t be one of the best teams from last season

I refuse to be labeled a bandwagon jumper, so Pittsburgh and Detroit are both out.  I’m also ruling out Dallas and Philadelphia, just to be safe.


My new team can’t be a Bruin rival

I can’t imagine rooting for the Montreal Canadiens.  Even though I already ruled them out, I could never, ever root for the Flyers.  I’m also not interested in the Devils, Rangers, or Sabres.


It has to be a US-based team

I have nothing against Canada, but I can’t root for a team if its hometown fans sing during games.  I’m sorry, it’s just a thing I have.  So all of the Canadian teams are out.


It can’t be a team I harbor any hatred towards (rational or irrational) from my Bruins fan days

Which means, aside from everyone I’ve already mentioned, the following teams are all eliminated:  The Capitals (because Jim Carey sucked after they shipped him to Boston), the Avalanche (because of the whole Ray Bourque thing), and the Panthers (because they were a bunch of no-talent goons the last time I actually followed the Bruins).


So, my question to the Bleacher Report NHL Community is this:

Since I have now officially disowned the Boston Bruins, which hockey team should I root for in the 2008-09 NHL season?

I will take all of your comments and suggestions into consideration, and I’ll make my decision before the start of the season.


** I reserve the right to revert back to being a Bruins fan should Jacobs ever sell the team, or move to another city so they can be replaced with an expansion team.

*** This clause does not cover an existing team moving to Boston.  Only a new owner or an expansion team.


Sean Crowe is a Senior Writer and an NFL Community Leader at Bleacher Report. You can email him at His archive can be found here. You can find everything he writes, including articles for other publications, here.

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