GRONK! Watch Patriots star spike a hockey puck at Bruins game
Gronk's victory tour is rolling.
New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski is still in celebration mode after his team's thrilling win in Super Bowl XLIX. On Saturday night, he and a couple of teammates hit up the Boston Bruins game where he dropped the honorary puck.
Well, he didn't exactly drop it:
Gronk spiked the puck so hard, it bounced into the crowd. Some lucky fan gets to go home with a cool souvenir.
The star tight end and several teammates were honored by the Bruins before their game against the New York Islanders on Saturday night in a pregame ceremony.
After teammate Rob Ninkovich dropped the ceremonial puck between Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and Islanders captain John Tavares, Gronkowski pulled another puck out of his pants pocket and emphatically spiked it — as he does with the football when he scores a touchdown — to the delight of the sellout crowd at TD Garden.
He slammed the puck with such force, it bounced over the protective glass and into the stands as several fans reached up to grab the souvenir.
"Yeah, that was pretty awesome," Bruins center Chris Kelly said. "You could tell the fans were into it. We kind of had a heads up to what he was going to do."
But Gronkowski wasn't done celebrating. He later spiked a promotional pizza box when he was shown on the Jumbotron after he was selected as fan of the game, a 2-1 victory for the Bruins.
Gronkowski and other Patriots such as defensive end Chandler Jones, offensive lineman Nate Solder and defensive end Zach Moore, who held the Lombardi Trophy, wore Bruins jerseys with their Patriots numbers on them.
They lined up near center ice and the crowd roared, honoring the champions.
"The Patriots had me really pumped up," defenseman Torey Krug said.
Bruins coach Claude Julien agreed.
"Guys were excited about seeing the players out there and shaking their hands and everything else," Julien said, "and they came out strong."
Gronkowski and Ninkovich later posed for a picture with Bruins President Cam Neely and the team posted it on Twitter.
The Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in the Super Bowl last Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.