Westford, Mass. — With the Stanley Cup victory tour making an unpublicized stop in sleepy Westford Thursday morning, some 200 fans of the world champion Boston Bruins lined up at Butter Brook Golf Club to commune with the silver chalice.
Like the Pied Piper, Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward held Lord Stanley’s chalice aloft and led a parade of fans young and old from the clubhouse to the events tent overlooking the 18th green. With each team and staff member of the Bruins organization earning a day with the trophy, it was Ward’s turn to show off the prize and he chose the laid-back Butter Brook.
“I live in the area and have golfed here a few times,” Ward told us. “I thought it would be a neat place to bring it.”
Betty Kennedy, owner of the semi-private club, had about two-weeks notice of Ward’s visit but chose to keep the news quiet because of the venue’s limited parking availability. Indeed, wherever the Cup turns up, thousands of devotees are sure to follow, as a reported 3,000 Bruins fanatics did last week at nearby Tewksbury Country Club.
Ward, who lives in nearby Bedford and enjoys playing at the popular Mark Mungeam-designed par-72 track, visited the pro shop personally to book 30 tee times and ask if the Cup could accompany him. Kennedy and her staff were initially skeptical that Ward was who he said he was.
“We thought it was a joke,” said Kennedy, who googled the four-year Bruins coach.
For Ward, whose 18-hole scores range from 82 to 102, winning the Stanley Cup “was a lifelong dream realized.
“When you win in Boston,” he said, “you see what a hockey town it is.”
The Cornetta quadruplets could attest to that. “They’re huge Bruins fans,” said Laurie Larson, nannie for the 10-year-old Nashoba Youth Hockey players. “They watch the video over and over.”
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