A member of the Boston Bruins will be returning home when his team comes to Columbus for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Sean Kuraly, a Dublin Scioto High School graduate, is a forward for the Bruins.
On Tuesday night, Kuraly scored late in the third period, a goal which essentially sealed his team’s victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in game 7 of their playoff series.
In Powell, Kuraly’s family watched as the puck passed the goal line.
“The three of us were sitting here, his younger brother, Nick, and his older brother, Chris, and I think we all probably got a foot or two off the ground when he put a nice shot, top corner,” said his father, Rick Kuraly. “We were sort of thinking he was due for one.”
Kuraly picked up his first hockey stick at 3-years-old.
He eventually played competitively for the Junior Blue Jackets and he was later drafted by the San Jose Sharks.
Kuraly played collegiately at Miami University, before eventually making his NHL debut with the Bruins.
“He was fortunate to play at a pretty high level,” Rick Kuraly said.
His father also said Kuraly grew up as a Blue Jackets fan.
Rick Kuraly admitted he is still a fan of the hometown team, while naturally rooting for the Bruins, as well.
As round two is about to begin, Rick Kuraly is hoping for a well-played series from both teams.
“I love the Jackets, but I admit I’m going to be rooting for Sean,” he said. “I’m just real happy that our team here in Columbus has gone to the second round. I just want to see both teams play their best and see great hockey. I’ll be watching closely, just like everybody else here.”
Kuraly said he plans to attend games 3 and 4, in Columbus.