It's the most wonderful time of the year.

No, not Christmas...playoff hockey. The Bruins are back for their ninth playoff appearance in 10 years.

Something about hockey in the late spring and early summer just feels so right. It's light outside while watching a game, you can walk downtown for a cold pop during periods, and playoff hockey gameplay is just different.

With the Bruins going into game three of the first round against the Florida Panthers, I figured we should reflect on the 2022 Bruins hype video.

Why? Because it features a York, Maine, family man.

Now I must say, the video worked for me, as I got chills halfway through. Yes, because I am a huge Bruins fan, but also the structure of the video made me feel connected to a lot of different people in New England.

When I first saw this video, one man stood out to me, almost as if I had seen him before.

NHL Boston Bruins via Instagram
NHL Boston Bruins via Instagram

This man is Alan Potvin. Growing up in Lawrence, Massachusetts and living in Goffstown, New Hampshire, most of his life, Alan could be considered one of the biggest Boston Bruins fans in New England.

After moving to York, Maine, three years ago, I would venture to say he is the biggest fan in the state of Maine.

NHL Boston Bruins via Instagram
NHL Boston Bruins via Instagram

Alan was first recognized in 2013 when the Boston Herald used a photo of him in his bear suit, with the headline "Bruins Fans Won't Bear a Grudge." Check out the image here.

In 2015, Alan Potvin did a commercial for the Bruins and said "It's my job to help the Bruins."

Years later, same bear suit, same fan.

Alan Potvin
Alan Potvin

Love to see a local family man be featured in a Boston Bruins hype video. We do not all come in the same shape, size, or color, but it takes all of us.

Let's Go Bruins.

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