Boston Bruins

Apr 21, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk (74) celebrates with forward David Pastrnak (88) after scoring a goal as Toronto Maple Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson (18) skates away in the second period in game six of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk seemed comfortable being Public Enemy No. 1 in Toronto during the Black and Gold’s first-round series against the Maple Leafs. Such is life when… Nazem Kadri cross-checks you in the head, I guess.

But the hate thrown his way from Toronto fans did hit a point of absurdity and get a little too uncomfortable, as DeBrusk revealed during his Thursday morning interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich.

“I think the fact that happened in Game 2 and we were going into Toronto for Game 3… I was getting death threats consistently,” DeBrusk admitted. “My family members were telling me that they were getting death threats, as well. I just wanted to kind of slow it down, in a sense. So, I just didn’t go on [social media].”

Asked if he reported the threats to security, DeBrusk said that there were simply too many to count.

“There were too many, to be honest,” DeBrusk told Rich. “There were just too many things going on to [report] threats that were happening, whether it’s comments or direct messages or other things.

“There were just too many. I couldn’t really report all of them. I didn’t report any of them. There were so many.”

DeBrusk had the last laugh, of course, as he scored the game-winning goal in a must-win Game 6 in Toronto, and was on the happier side of a postseries handshake line following Boston’s Game 7 win on Garden ice this past Tuesday.

You can listen to DeBrusk’s complete interview with T&R down below.