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(NECN: Greg Wayland) - It was a kid-glove affair. Kids in white gloves from the TD Garden gingerly load precious scrolls into a box truck for Operation Rafter Relocation.
And yes, those scrolls are rolled-up banners: 23 vinyl commemorations of Celtic and Bruin championships that have been hoisted into the old and the new Garden's lofty rafters over 55 years. The banner are being relocated to make way for the NCAA regional finals, which have rules that say arenas must temporarily remove all professional team adornments.
So where are the banners heading?
The teams decided to get them out into the community.
Bruins President Cam Neely sealed the deal and an escort worthy of the Holy Grail carried the banners over to Dorchester's Salvation Army Kroc Center - a neighborhood recreation venue where a team of kids unfurled two of them in a ceremony that included Boston Celtic local alumni Dana Barros and Bruins legend Johnny Bucyk before they were hoisted to the rafters there.
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