Before tonight's Boston Bruins playoff game, the team's banner will be waved at the TD Garden by Transit Police officer Richard “Dic” Donohue Jr., who continues to recover from being shot in the Watertown gunfight between police and the two alleged Marathon bombers.
"It has been a long 6 weeks with a lot of ups and downs, and it is finally time for Dic to have some fun and get out of a hospital setting, even if for only 1 night!," Donohue's wife, Kim, wrote on a Facebook page set up after her husband was gravely wounded. "I am so unbelievably proud of my husband and couldn't be happier that he gets to show his true BOSTON pride!"
"Sean, the first wave of that flag will be for you," she added, referring to MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, a close friend of Richard Donohue who was allegedly shot to death by the Marathon bombing suspects.
The hometown hockey club has been featuring a "Boston Strong" theme in its selection of honorary Bruins Fan Banner Captains this postseason, including people who were wounded during the Marathon bombings and others who helped out during and after the attacks.
The team's fan banner has been passed around the loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 season.
Donohue, a Woburn resident and Winchester native, has been following his beloved Bruins this postseason and said he never stopped believing the team could persevere even when they found themselves down 4-1 late in the third period of Game 7 during the first playoff round.
Donohue had nearly no blood and no pulse when he was first hospitalized after a bullet severed an artery in his leg when he was shot in Watertown a month ago during a violent gunfight between police and the two alleged Marathon bombers.
He fought back from the brink of death and doctors have said will probably make a full recovery. He recently transferred from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility.
The Bruins will host the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston dominated Pittsburgh in the first two games of the best-of-seven series to win both contests.
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