Jeremy Swayman responds to chants from fans after Game 6.

Jeremy Swayman responds to chants from fans after Game 6.

Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman admits he got emotional at the reception from the home crowd.

Jonathan Larivee

The Boston Bruins have seen their season officially come to an end after falling to the Florida Panthers in 6 games in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and now all eyes are on what lies ahead for the Bruins moving forward. One of the biggest orders of business this offseason for general manager Don Sweeney will be to secure the services of Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman for the foreseeable future.

Swayman cemented himself as the Bruins' number one goaltender this season and took that to the next level come the Stanley Cup playoffs, standing out as one of the very best players on the ice at any position in the playoffs thus far both on the ice and in the hearts and minds of the Bruins' faithful in Boston.

In spite of the fact that the Bruins suffered a heartbreaking loss on Friday night, the fans in attendance in Boston took the time to celebrate Swayman's incredible season as the teams made their way off the ice. Swayman was serenaded with loud chants of "Swayman! Swayman!" through the arena as fans showed their appreciation for his heroics despite the losing effort on the part of the Bruins.

Swayman could of course hear those chants loud and clear and following the conclusion of Game 6 he was asked about the reception he got from the Boston crowd despite the loss. An emotional Jeremy Swayman did his best to convey just how much it truly meant to him in that difficult moment.

"Tears," admitted Swayman after hearing the chants. "Tears. I couldn't be more grateful."

Swayman added that it made him feel like he had a home in the National Hockey League.

"It means so much more than just fans to me, it's truly a home for me now," added Swayman. "To hear that was above and beyond and I'm just so grateful for all the love and support. I wouldn't be here without it. That was incredible to be a part of."