In June, the Bruins and Blackhawks faced off in an epic Stanley Cup Final, with four of six games being decided by one goal and three requiring overtime.
Ask some of the stars of those squads to skate together just two months later, and you’re bound to have a few awkward moments.
That was the case early this week, when five members of the Blackhawks joined three Bruins players at Canada’s Olympic orientation camp. This year’s Cup Final was predominantly civil by hockey standards (especially compared to Boston’s 2011 series against Vancouver), but the captain of the winning side admitted Monday that becoming teammates with his Stanley Cup opponents is still a bit weird.
“You kind of feel guilty in a way, and you can’t rub it in their face too hard,” Chicago center Jonathan Toews said, according to The Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin. “You kind of tiptoe around it.”
Joining Toews in Calgary are teammates Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Sharp, while Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic represent the Bruins contingent.