Connor McGregor has quickly become of the biggest stars to ever step foot in a UFC octagon. His following from the diehards of Ireland are like no other, and he has become either loved or hated by everybody else. The UFC legend is back on the prowl after making his return just over one month ago, and this time has the idea of being a three division champ. This all comes about while he still holds a spot in his heart for the Boston Bruins.
A proper way to pregame
UFC fans in Boston quickly took a liking to Connor McGregor after he came on the scene as a Irish dude who can fight. Surprising right? But after Connor defeated UFC veteran Dennis Siver at TD Garden in January of 2015, to earn a title shot, a special bond was born between the Dublin native and the Irish faithful in Boston.
I was fortunate enough to be in attendance when Connor made his return to Boston last season when the Bruins played the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 16th, the same day that the Bruins and fans were celebrating St Patrick’s day as well as Irish heritage night. Connor McGregor gave the Boston Bruins a pregame speech that they won’t soon forget. He made sure to mention that the Bruins are indeed a team of brothers. “Before you go out, look left, look right and know that these people that are with you are your brother and these are the people that you need to fight for.”
Its an Irish thing
There had been rumors that Connor was going to drop the ceremonial first puck all day. When the national anthems had been sung, and the team captains had met at center ice, Bruins PA announcer Jim Martin came over the ice to announce that Connor was coming onto the ice. A video package was shown on the big screen to hype up his entrance as fans began to blow the roof of off TD Garden. Connor walked passed the Bruins bench while hoisting a St Patricks day edition Bruins uniform with the number 12 and McGregor on the back. He made his way to center ice where captains Zdeno Chara and Boone Jenner were waiting. Connor dropped the puck, shook the hand of Chara and Jenner, then looked back at Zdeno Chara and said while pointing his finger to the ice “Smash him through the net!” Connor then walked passed back by the Bruins bench, giving each player knuckles.
During the game Connor was either in his suite reaching over to the next suite to poor fans a glass of his Proper Twelve Irish whiskey, or down at the Zamboni entrance cheering on the Bruins. He was jumping for joy and banging on the glass when Brad Marchand scored his game winning goal on overtime.
A proper celebration
After the game Connor again joined the Bruins in the locker room where he was shaking hands with the players. And to top off the celebration Conner brought in a cart of his whiskey to give each player a bottle.
Since the game Connor has made a few tweets at the Bruins. Most recently he tweeted the Bruins last week after the Bruins defeated the Detroit Red Wings. Connor tweeted the next day “Job done.” and tagged the Bruins in his tweet.
Should the Bruins make this a tradition for Irish heritage night?
How long until we see Proper Twelve whiskey become the official liquor of the Boston Bruins? It sure seems like a good match to me.
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