Since Jeremy Jacobs purchased the Boston Bruins in 1975, a major complaint from fans has been the franchise’s inability to win a championship. Now, as the team prepares for the its first Stanley Cup appearance since 1990, Jacobs expressed desire in keeping the Jacobs family involved in the Bruins for years to come.
“I’m extremely proud to own this franchise,” Jacobs said during a Sunday news conference, “In a sense, I use the word custodian, I’m a great civic asset here. We’re in good shape.”
Despite the lack of championships, Jacobs certainly has been an asset to the Bruins. Among the owner’s accomplishments is part-ownership of NESN, owning the TD Garden, and bringing the Winter Classic to Fenway Park. Jacobs was also instrumental in bringing in general manager Peter Chiarelli, head coach Claude Julien, and president Cam Neely, and increasing the team’s payroll by almost $20 million in the past decade.
“We’ve brought great stability to this franchise,” Jacobs said, “This franchise has been here under the Jacobs family for 36 years, and I would be proud if it could stay there for the next 36 years.
“The family is fortunately in position where we can continue to own this franchise for generations going forward. I think we will continue to be in that position. I think the environment and spirit is such that we will see this continue to be energized forward from within.”
Jacobs mentioned his son Charlie Jacobs when speaking of the future. Charlie is a Boston College graduate and is currently one of the principals of both the Delaware North Companies, Jeremy's main business venture, and the Boston Bruins.
“My son Charlie is here … he plays a role with this club,” Jacobs said, “He understand the way you have this custodianship. You professionally operate it. You don’t make this a play toy of yours. It’s an important asset for you.”
“I’m proud of where we are, and I’m proud that my family is so dedicated to this. That was the point I was trying to bring out, that this is not a Jerry Jacobs [operation]… there is a total family commitment to the support.”