BOSTON -- Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman dropped the ceremonial puck Monday prior to the Bruins game, and said afterward that it was an honor to be on the ice with the team she grew up cheering for.
"It's really amazing and it means a lot to me that people still know who I am so long after the Olympics," said the Needham, Mass., native. "I really appreciate all the love and support. It's just an honor and it was the greatest summer of my life and I'm really happy. It's really awesome that all these fans are hockey fans and Bruins fans, so to have them cheering for me it means a lot. I could hear the players cheering for me too and they were slamming their sticks on the ice, so that meant a lot too."
Raisman, of course, had some fun Twitter exchanges with Bruins star Tyler Seguin in the past, but said that until the season opener Saturday -- at which she was able to meet the team following the Bruins' 3-1 win -- she had only met forward Shawn Thornton and had a unique experience with the Bruins enforcer.
"He took me boxing one time, so that was fun," she said. "He's a really nice guy. And all the players were so nice and so down to earth. It was just really cool and exciting to be able to meet them because I'm obviously a huge fan."
But she made no qualms about the player she likes most.
"I think everyone knows who my favorite player is now," a smiling Raisman said.