This breaking news report is surely not something the Boston Bruins expected this summer. It appears that a 37-year-old man is facing charges after police say he posed as the owner of the Bruins, Jeremy Jacobs.
Jeffrey Jacobs, a native of White Plains, N.Y., who lives in Wilton, Conn., is accused of impersonating 78-year-old Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs to get out of paying a tree service company, according to Pat Tomlinson of The Hour.
The man reportedly used the fact that the owner of the tree company is an avid Bruins fan. The owner of the tree company was called to Jacobs' home during a storm last year after a tree fell on the house. Without knowing that the man was not the real Jeremy Jacobs, the owner of the tree companylater sent a bill for $5,100 to Jeremy Jacobs.
Wilton police were made aware of the incident in May 2017 after receiving a call from Delaware North, a hospitality and food service company chaired by the Bruins owner.
The man accused in this story, Jacobs was already known to police, as he allegedly told a similar lie while trying to get out of a traffic ticket. He was arrested July 20 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. after police pulled him over for using his phone while driving. He was charged with criminal impersonation and released on $5,000 bond.
Here is a picture of the man, courtesy of the Wilton Police Department, and he, of course, looks nothing like the owner of the Bruins:
This incident adds to the many unfortunate events that have taken place of the Bruins during the summer. It has been quite a hard tough season for Boston, starting back at the NHL Entry Draft when they did not have a first round pick to use.
Then, while GM Don Sweeney was working hard on acquiring coveted free agent Russian superstar Ilya Kovalchuyk, he lost the sweepstakes to the Los Angeles Kings, who offered a three-year, $18.75 contract to Kovalchyuk. And let's not mention how they also lost out on John Tavares, who decided to join the Toronto Maple Leafs...
It's also been tough to swallow that the Rick Nash experiment has failed: Nash reportedly remains undecided about playing next season. Rosen notes that Nash's concussion history is playing heavy on his mind.
"Health is one factor. Nash has a history with concussions, most recently the one he sustained late last season after the Boston Bruins acquired him in a trade with the New York Rangers. It cost Nash the final 12 games of the regular season before he returned to play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs."
A lot to handle this summer for the poor Bruins...