The official Boston Bruins Stanley Cup banner—the one that will grace the John Hancock Tower in Boston—is made in Somerville and was on display at Somerville High School today.
The banner, which is 60 feet by 30 feet, will hang from the John Hancock Tower on Saturday at 8 a.m. to celebrate the Bruins Stanley Cup victory.
, a custom textile business founded in Somerville 27 years ago by Tony Lafuente, made the banner. It comprises 13 strips of nylon decorated with a dye sublimation procedure and stitched together by hand.
Flagraphics is no stranger to championship banners, having made similar ones for the Red Sox, in addition to its other work. But the textile company, being a mere 27 years old, has never made a Bruins championship banner before. The Bruins hadn't won the Cup for 39 years.
Excited to see the banner were members of the Somerville High School hockey team, who visited the school's gymnasium this afternoon to see the banner laid out on the floor. They were joined by Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Somerville High School Headmaster Tony Ciccariello and Lafuente. Several local television stations made the trip to Somerville to catch this moment on tape and interview Somerville hockey players about the Bruins.
After the TV cameras left, one student was overheard saying, "I just convinced channel 7 I was a leading scorer."