Flyers Have Plenty of New England Roots, But Local Ties will Take Back Seat Against Bruins

The 2011 Flyers and Bruins are doing there best to recreate the hard-hitting teams of the past, specifically the "Broad Street Bullies" and the "Big Bad Bruins" teams that terrorized the NHL during the 1970's. 

Although most of the players on both rosters weren't even born then, a couple of Flyers just might remember their days in New England supporting the B's. 

But don't expect the Flyers to be too torn up about playing in front of local family and friends come Wednesday night in Boston. 

The only member of the Flyers who could've seen those teams is the Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, who by comparison, is just three years Mark Recchi's senior at 46 years old. Laviolette hails from Franklin, Mass., and he attended Westfield State College out in Western Massachusetts. He went on to become an assistant coach for the B's after successfully bringing the Providence Bruins to Calder Cup glory during the 1998-99 season.

Fylers goalie Brian Boucher, also has connections to the New England area as he grew up in Woonsocket, R.I., attending nearby Mount Saint Charles High School before entering the NHL. 

While Boucher probably has some feelings about coming back home to New England for some games at TD Garden, they will most certainly be on the back burner, as the Flyers try to make it to their second consecutive Stanley Cup Final. 

Left winger James van Riemsdyk attended UNH and played for the Wildcats for two seasons, tallying 74 points. The 21-year old was instrumental in the Flyers comeback against the Bruins last season.

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