The Boston Bruins have traditionally played a matinée game on the Friday after Thanksgiving for as long as most fans can remember.
Like the Boston Red Sox playing on Marathon Monday or the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions playing on Thanksgiving, the Bruins playing on Black Friday has become a tradition for Boston fans.
So when NBC decided to broadcast the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers instead of the B’s on Friday afternoon, it didn’t sit well with Bruins play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards.
“Can you imagine saying to the Detroit Lions even when they really stunk, ‘You can’t play on Thanksgiving day,'” Edwards said. “The Bruins created that slot, they own it and the league and NBC took it away from them. It’s flat-out wrong.”
The Bruins did play at night on Black Friday, beating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 in overtime, but Edwards thinks the team should have the right to play during its traditional afternoon slot.
See more of Edwards’ rant in the video above.
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