‘Whitey’ Bulger witnessed Bruins’ Cup win in Vancouver: report
Alleged crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger was in attendance when the Boston Bruins claimed the Stanley Cup over the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 NHL Playoffs, according to a Boston news website.
An article on TheBostonLiberal.com attributes the information to a source in the FBI, which reportedly tailed Bulger for weeks before arresting him.
It goes on to claim that Bulger, now 83, drove from California to British Columbia, crossing the border without any problems despite spending more than a decade on the FBI’s top ten most wanted fugitives list.
He is charged with playing a role in 19 murders, but fled in late 1994 after a former FBI agent. tipped him off that he was about to be indicted.
He remained a fugitive for more than 16 years before finally being captured in Santa Monica in 2011 – one week after reportedly witnessing the Bruins hoist the cup in Rogers Arena.
Inside Bulger's residence, FBI agents said they found $800,000 in cash, several pieces of false identification and more than 30 firearms.
Bulger, an inspiration for the 2006 Martin Scorsese film, "The Departed," headed the Winter Hill Gang, a largely Irish gang that ran loan-sharking, gambling and drug rackets.
His trial began in June 2013 in Boston.
With files from The Associated Press