Hodge honored to be part of The Tradition

Of course, in recent seasons, the Bruins have made strides toward changing that history. This year they finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference and won a playoff series for the first time in 10 years. Their core is mostly signed for the long haul and the farm system is well-stocked. Hodge, who has now lived in Lynnfield, Mass., for 40 years, follows the club’s fortune as closely as he can with all his other responsibilities (including his printing company) and he gives high marks to the current Bruins.

“I think it’s great. I think they got short-changed a little bit this year. I think they could’ve gone deeper into the playoffs,” said Hodge. “They had the team. I think (GM) Peter Chiarelli and (head coach) Claude (Julien) have done a terrific job with the players that they surround themselves with. It’s nice to see. It brought hockey back to the area and I think there’s a resurgence as far as the fans are concerned. I think they’re becoming believers.”

The modern-day Bruins would love to achieve the things Hodge and his Bruins managed three decades ago. And as individuals, they can only dream to match Hodge’s statistical contributions and his newly acquired Hall-of-Fame status.

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