November 13, 2011
While most of the talk from Saturday's game between the Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres is focused around Milan Lucic's(notes) run at Ryan Miller(notes), the game also featured another moment worth revisiting.
In honour of the Veteran's Day weekend, the Bruins invited Darren and Lori Jacobs, the parents of Lt. Charles Jacobs, currently serving overseas, to drop the ceremonial puck. For the past seven months, Charles has been in Afghanistan with the 182nd infantry of the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
Or better, "had" been. Unbeknownst to his parents, the Bruins brought him home on leave to join them at centre ice and present them with the puck. Watch and weep:
Here's an exercise: watch Mrs. Jacobs the entire time and try not to get misty-eyed. I submit that, if you're human, it's nigh impossible, like listening to Adele's "Someone Like You". In terms of moments that induce sobbing, it's up there with the last 15 minutes of "Toy Story 3".
I feel like I've divulged too much.