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Boston Marathon bombing survivor takes part in Bruins’ pre-game

May 4, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

The Boston Bruins decided to make Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman Game 2’s honorary fan banner captain on Saturday.

This marks his first public appearance since that tragic incident, according to Bauman released the following statement before the game.

“I want to thank everyone for their amazing support for me and all those injured and their families. I’m making great progress and I thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Please continue to respect our space at this time. I want to thank the Bruins players and organization for the generosity and support for all those impacted. Like all those in Black and Gold I can’t wait to see them on another quest for the cup. Go Bruins!” reports that Bauman played a role in identifying bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, so it’s a fitting honor for the Bruins fan.

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Here are a few photos/screen captures from that stirring moment:

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(Via Yahoo’s Josh Gold-Smith)

source:  (Via Linda Mae)

(Via Bruins)

  1. sjsharks66 - May 4, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Awesome! Looks like he is in great spirit despite the tragic incident. I am sure he is happy that all he lost were his legs and some families had to lose loved ones. Much respect for the Bruins and their city.

  2. crosberries - May 4, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    This guy may have helped save other people for doing what he did. This guy is a hero.

  3. spthegr8 - May 4, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    How are you so sure sharks? Just saying

    I agree, He is def a hero

  4. classicalintenretradio - May 4, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    I realize that the ads rotate. But, the pre-scroll ad that I saw before watching the video on the Boston Marathon survivor was for Crown Royal and had the song “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of City” playing.

    As you might recall, “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City” was what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev tweeted shortly after the bombings.

    It strikes me as somewhat insensitive.

    • tuberippin - May 4, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      Also fitting considering an act of terrorism is an act devoid of love…

  5. sjsharks66 - May 4, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Whoops i made a typo. I meant to say “while some families had lost loved ones” did not mean to make it seem like he was happy people lost loved ones. My bad, as ryane clowe would say “i had a brain fart”.

  6. ernst1starvo1blofeld - May 5, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    that’s not “Jeff Bauman” I know “Jeff Bauman”
    that’s “Nick Vogt”

  7. acuratech348 - May 5, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    That was great of the Bruins to honor him last night. I couldn’t Imagine being a marathon Runner and losing both my legs because of a senseless act of hate. Talk about being strong.

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