HAVERHILL — Some people might carry a lucky rabbit's foot, while for others it could be a lucky coin. For 15-year-old Sarah Hrubo, when it comes to the Boston Bruins, good luck emanates from her entire family.
"She makes us sit in the same spot every time a Bruins game is on and doesn't allow us to move out of fear that something bad will happen," said her mother, Darlene Hrubo. "I find it a little crazy, but we go along with it."
A freshman at Haverhill High School, Sarah Hrubo can't stop talking about her favorite hockey team or collecting things she finds interesting, like a Bruins garden gnome and Christmas ornaments she adorns with players' names.
She has a Bruins comforter on her bed and Bruins pillows, as well as a Bruins Snuggie. She loves showing off her Bruins items, including a Terry O'Reilly autographed hockey stick and puck. Last Christmas her parents gave her a Nathan Horton autographed photo with two game tickets taped to the back. Sarah took her mother.
"When my mother goes to the deli at Market Basket she saves the pink tags if they happen to be the number of a Bruins player," Sarah said. "We have around 15 tickets so far and they are pinned to a corkboard in our kitchen."
Last week the Bruins held a send-off celebration before they headed to Vancouver. Sarah was pressed up against a barrier as the Bruins walked by.
"Tyler Seguin walked up to me and I asked him to sign my left arm with a permanent marker," she said. "I think he thought it was kind of creepy as other people were getting autographs on paper signs they were handing out."
Since last week she's been protecting her arm.