World famous black bear Yellow-yellow isn’t the only Ursus americanus, or bruin, hanging out in the Adirondacks these days. Freshly reinvigorated from their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal win against the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins slid south and over the border after Monday night’s game to rest and train in Lake Placid. The team plans to practice at the Lake Placid Olympic Center, on Main Street, yesterday and today before heading back to Montreal for game 4.
It is no surprise the team of Puckus bostonianus have chosen to stay in Lake Placid between games. As we know, bears are quite fond of the Adirondacks. And Lake Placid’s position in the history of hockey is legendary. When walking around the tiny Village it is hard to forget there are at least 3 covered ice surfaces in one building on Main Street. From figure skating lessons and professional skating shows produced by Scott Hamilton, to what seems like a jillion hockey tournaments and USA Hockey matches, Lake Placid is a year-round ice town.
Although the Village of Lake Placid has been a competitive ice-town since the 1930s, the “Miracle on Ice” of 1980 was a great boost for hockey in the United States and for Lake Placid. Bruins goalie Tim Thomas is reputed to be very excited about spending time in Lake Placid. An article on the Bruins website describes how he, like so many other American hockey athletes, “. . . can trace his earliest hockey memories back to February of 1980 when the United States shocked the Soviet Union and the world with an improbable gold medal in Lake Placid.”
In a natural paradox, the high-energy, ultra-competitive, Olympic-and-Ironman-host Adirondack region is also famous for its spa effect. People have been coming to the Adirondacks for healing, rest, and rejuvenation for many years. Dr. Trudeau cured tuberculosis with a prescription for fresh Adirondack air and Adirondack Great Camps were the original therapeutic getaways for the over-worked and stressed.
Perhaps the Boston Bruins will find some Stanley Cup magic in Lake Placid along with the customary rest, rejuvenation, and inspiration found in this bucolic little town in the Adirondacks.
And then they can kick some Canadien butt in game 4.