Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman gives a thumbs-up to the crowd as he is honored as the official flag-bearer prior to Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston.
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman Jr. made a rockstar entrance to game two of the Bruins' first round playoff encounter with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. During a touching pregame ceremony, the Chelmsford, Mass., resident waved a Boston Bruins team flag while the Foo Fighters' song "All My Life" played in the background.
Bauman, 27, lost both legs in the April 15 bombings. He attended the marathon to cheer on his girlfriend.
Before Bauman hit the ice the words, “By now you know his inspirational story. His perseverance in the face of great adversity represents all that is Boston Strong” were displayed on the TD Garden's center ice big screen.
Bauman didn't speak at the event, but the crowd roared when he pumped his fist into the air emphatically. Before he left the ice, Bauman gave the crowd a thumbs up.
“I want to thank everyone for their amazing support for me and all those injured and their families,” Bauman said in a statement later. “I’m making great progress and I thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Please continue to respect our space at this time. I want to thank the Bruins players and organization for the generosity and support for all those impacted.”
Watch the tribute below: