2010 Winter Classic hero Marco Sturm returns home
FOXBORO — Marco Sturm’s name is etched in a couple of notable moments in Bruins lore. One of those moments came in 2010 at Fenway Park.
With the game tied 1-1 in overtime, Sturm drove to the front of the net and tipped in a Patrice Bergeron pass to give the Black and Gold the 2-1 victory on New Year’s Day with a walk-off goal at the legendary home of the Boston Red Sox. That moment came just 13 months after suffering a season-ending injury in a 2008-09 regular season game in late December against the Carolina Hurricanes. A few months before that, Sturm delivered his first heroics for the Black and Gold with the game-winner in an epic Game 6 matchup with the Canadiens that brought some hope to a suffering fanbase.
His clutch moments in big stages are still remembered by Bruins fans everywhere. Those fans at Thursday’s Bruins-Canadiens alumni game got to relive Sturm’s memories when he took the ice with his fellow Black and Gold Legends.
“I mean, I think it’s great. In your career, there’s not too many times I think you have a chance to play outdoors in the Winter Classic. So I think good for me I had one, and I think good for me today I had a second one,” Sturm said about returning to the outdoor rink to play with the Bruins alumni. “But there are a lot of guys in this league that don’t have a chance to play in one. I think it’s really cool. It was really special. Fenway was amazing. It’s a great story. I’m sure this one tomorrow will be a great event also.”
Sturm made sure his return to outdoor hockey was memorable. The German winger, who was acquired by former Bruins GM Mike O’Connell in the Joe Thornton trade on November 30th, 2005, had a goal and an assist in Thursday’s alumni game.
His goal on Thursday was somewhat reminiscent of his 2008 Game 6 winner against the Habs. The only thing that was slightly different were the goaltenders. Instead of Carey Price, he patiently waited for Jose Theodore to go down and leave an open side of the net. The slight delay led to Sturm’s tally to give the Bruins alumni the 3-2 lead in the third period.
For a guy was part of the Bruins for the better of six seasons from 2005-10 — and continues to bleed Black and Gold to this day — Sturm couldn’t have asked for a better script.
“Well, for me, I bleed black and gold. I left for a short time there, but I’ve been wearing this jersey for quite a while with the alumni. I’ve traveled all over the Maritimes playing with the alumni and with my ex-teammates. I live 25 minutes from the city, and I’m not going anywhere,” Sturm said following the Bruins’ alumni 5-4 shootout win. “For me, it’s always a thrill to wear this jersey.”
He may have left the Black and Gold before helping the team complete its mission to win the Stanley Cup in 2011. But after stints in Los Angeles and Florida, the 37-year old Sturm is exactly where he wants to be. Bruins fans wouldn’t want to have it any other way.