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Horton spreading TD Garden ice across New England

Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:05 am

By Brian Stubits

Even though Nathan Horton didn't play a minute in the Boston Bruins' Game 7 win over the Canucks in last year's Stanley Cup Final, he still made his way into Bruins lore with one silly, superstitious little gesture.

Prior to the game, Horton stealthily walked to the bench and dumped some water on the ice. It was, as everybody presumed, water from TD Garden, where the Bruins had dominated the Canucks in each of the three games played in Boston.

Of course, the Bruins went on to win and this little moment became a fun little side story. Who knows, maybe one day this will be seen as a curse in Vancouver if they can't win a Cup.

In the meantime, Horton is continuing the practice, bringing TD Garden ice to rinks all across the Northeast.

My two favorite parts of this video? The first is how Horton dumps the water the same way as he did in Vancouver, squirting it out through the Gatorade bottle before just opening the cap and dumping the rest. It's almost like a religious practice.

Secondly, the simple things like one of the kids at the very end of the video saying "This is so cool!" It's always great to me to see how athletes can so easily give kids a moment they will cherish. Unlike those stupid autograph contracts ...

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