Photo Gallery: Bruins Bring Out a Crowd in Belmont
Social media spreads word as teens and youngsters head to team dinner at il Casale.
Blame Tyler Seguin.
The young (he's just 20, everyone) Boston Bruin scoring star tweeted (@tylerseguin92) that he was heading to a team dinner before the "real" season – the playoffs – begin.
Someone discovered through the social media world of Facebook and twitter that the dinner was taking place in Belmont, at the critically-acclaimed il Casale in the Center. That was retweeted and businesses in town began twittering the scene happening around 7 p.m.
And before you could say Mark Zuckerberg, a crowd of Bruins fans, hockey players and teen age girls were outside Chef Dante de Magistris' restaurant waiting for their favorites to walk through a gauntlet of screams, hands and cellphone cameras to SUVs or a team bus waiting along Leonard Street.
"We heard that the Bruins were here so we wanted to see them," said sixth grader Kevork Atinizian.
And for many of the teen girls – several members of the Belmont High state semi-finalists and a few from Arlington – the one person they came to see was number 19, the 6'1", 185 pound hunk of centerman.
"Tweet me Tyler Seguin and that will make all my dreams come true," proclaimed Belmont High junior Alexandra Cellucci (@acellucci) who, like Seguin, is a goal scoring leader for her playoff team, although Cellucci has a deadlier backhand shot in close.
"He's only three years older than me. We could date like right now," said another Belmont High player which Belmont Patch will not identify.
Cellucci's teammate Maddie Bailey (@madisonkbailey) was more direct in her plea: "Tyler Seguin, Marry Me?" said her sign (although the Boston Herald reported that the single Seguin has been seen with Playboy's Miss November this week.)
"We came to see Tyler," said Arlington High's junior left wing Katie Cummings as Belmont's all star Caroline McCarthy began screaming when Bruin goaltender and last year's playoffs MVP Tim Thomas came out, exchanging high fives and greetings with the kids who took snapshots.
For the next 20 minutes, Bruins including captain Zdeno Chara (hard to miss at 6'9") and a slew of other pro athletes and coaches streamed out.
And before long Tyler came out and for those brief seconds, everyone's dream came true.