In 1992, Barry Hanrahan's days of rooting for the Boston Bruins came to an abrupt ending when he landed his first NHL job with the league's new first-year franchise.
"I figured I'd stop my allegiance to the Bruins in 1992 when the (Tampa Bay) Lightning played the Bruins for the first time," said Hanrahan, who was ironically hired into Tampa's public and media relations department by Bruins legend Phil Esposito, who was the founder of the Lightning and served as President and General Manager until 1998.
Hanrahan was born and raised in Gloucester and graduated from Gloucester High School in 1986. He was always drawn to the rink growing up, as he played Cape Ann Youth Hockey and was a loyal fan of the Bruins.
Today, Hanrahan is employed by a different NHL franchise, has more responsibility and is emphatically rooting against the Bruins. He is the Assistant General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers and has held that position since 2005-2006. Those same Flyers who find themselves trailing the Bruins 3-0 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals. The Flyers face a must-win in tonight's Game 4 in Philadelphia (7 p.m.).
"Once I got into this business, I realized how involved and how attached you get to a team," said Hanrahan, who now resides about 10 miles outside of Philly in Haddon Township, N.J. with his wife and three sons. "Obviously there are the business reasons of why you get attached, but you put so much into a year and a lot goes into it emotionally. Especially during a playoff series."
As suggested by his title, Hanrahan is an important cog in the Flyers organization. He works closely with General Manager Paul Holmgren on building and developing the team. Hanrahan's main responsibilities involve dealing with players salaries, such as arbitrations, contract agreements, negotiations and extensions. He received his law degree from Widener University School of Law in Delaware in 2006.