BOSTON — The NHL is all about winning but occasionally there are humorous moments.
One occurred this morning at TD Garden, where retired Boston Bruins defenceman Shane Hnidy — now a radio analyst with TSN 1290 in Winnipeg on Jets broadcasts — made a visit to see his Stanley Cup-winning teammates.
When reporters, including Hindy, were allowed into the Bruins locker room after this morning’s game-day skate, a posse of them descended on the Neepawa native for some reminiscing.
And some of his former teammates were quick to give him the gears, including Bruins coach Claude Julien.
"The truth or the B.S. that goes with it?" Julien said, asked to voice a comment on Hnidy’s time with the Bruins. "He was a really good leader in our dressing room. He had a good voice. Obviously he had a long career because of how hard he competed.
"He was a hard player to play against, honest and at the same time... now here he comes in so I’ve got be quiet here."
When the laughter subsided, Julien continued.
"Last year, same thing in the playoffs, we kept him around the room, did all the warmups because we wanted his presence there," he said. "He’s moved on and as a rookie media guy he should stay quiet and listen."
In his 10th and final NHL season in 2010-11, Hnidy played just three regular-season and three playoff games for the Bruins. He received a Stanley Cup ring and his summer day with the Stanley Cup, but the Bruins did not put his name on the cup itself.