Vic and Nermina Peric came to Boston in the 1990’s as refugees from Bosnia and quickly immersed themselves in New England sports fandom.

Vic is a playoff beard-sporting Boston Bruins super fan and Nermina never misses a Boston Red Sox game. With the help of ’47, NESN.com’s Courtney Cox finds out why sports were a huge part of their transition to American life and an escape from the struggles in their home country.

Watch the video above to hear Vic and Nermina’s story.

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