Nick Foligno Embraced Being Again In Boston For Bruins Dwelling Opener

BOSTON — Nick Foligno and Taylor Corridor returned to TD Backyard on Wednesday evening for the primary time for the reason that Bruins traded the duo to the Chicago Blackhawks in June.

Even along with his Blackhawks popping out on the dropping finish of the 3-1 sport, Foligno loved being again within the constructing, in entrance of the Bruins trustworthy.

“It’s nice. I’ve nice reminiscences right here,” Foligno instructed after the sport. “It’s an awesome group of men (the Bruins). Nice fan base. Nice group and I cherished my time in Boston.”

Within the two years he performed in Boston, Foligno potted 12 targets and added 27 assists over 124 video games. The Bruins honored Foligno and Corridor with a first-period montage highlighting their time with the franchise.

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“I didn’t anticipate it to be as emotional because it was to return again,” Foligno mentioned. “It’s fairly neat to see the 100-year celebration. I attempted to soak that in slightly bit and seeing among the outdated guys now (Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci) on the market, it was fairly cool. Boston will all the time have a spot in our hearts and we cherished our time right here.”

Foligno mentioned he did sneak into the Boston locker room to see a few of his former teammates and hopes they will get collectively when the Blackhawks host the Bruins on the United Heart in Chicago on Oct. 24.

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Like most of the Bruins Alumni and present gamers within the franchise, Foligno wasn’t stunned when Brad Marchand was named captain following Bergeron’s retirement.

“I used to be thrilled for him,” Foligno mentioned. “He’s very deserving and an awesome individual. He’s precisely what the ‘B’ is all about. He’s a really worthy candidate and I do know he’s going to put on that with delight and do what’s mandatory to assist that group.”

Despite the fact that he by no means wore a letter on his jersey when he performed for the Bruins, Foligno was all the time revered as a frontrunner on and off the ice. He’s now taken that attribute with himself to Chicago as one of many alternate captains.

“I don’t change something. That’s simply who I’m and it’s an honor to be thought of and have that (letter) in your chest,” he mentioned. “However, I’m who I’m. I feel the fellows know that and I’m not going to alter due to what I put on.

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“I care loads in regards to the guys I play with and I’m constructing these bonds with the fellows now on this room and I’m actually having fun with attending to know them.”

The Blackhawks are coming off certainly one of their worst seasons in franchise historical past with solely 26 wins final season and Foligno is aware of they will solely enhance this yr.

“I feel now we have one thing fairly particular right here,” he mentioned. “I’m excited to see that develop and see our group actually bond collectively as we get going right here. So, it’s a brand new journey, however standard me.”

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