The Boston Bruins Foundation hosted the first "Slice the Ice" holiday event and Bruins fans had the opportunity to skate with B's alumni and meet the current players.
Each session was two hours and included an open skate on the TD Garden ice, where Bruins fans were able to take photos at the Bruins goal, on the players' bench and in the penalty box.
"This is our first 'annual' Holiday Slice the Ice," said Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Development Bob Sweeney. "We wanted to give a new perspective -- skating on the Garden ice, touring the locker room and having a more one-on-one interaction with the select group of players.
"And we had some alumni come out, too!
"It's been a great response and everybody seems to be having fun and the players seemed to enjoy it, too," he said.
Nearly 600 fans enjoyed four sold-out sessions and spoke to Boston Bruins players like forward Milan Lucic
"[It's good that] the fans get a chance to come out here and skate on the ice here in the Garden," said the B's big left wing. "It seems like they’re having a lot of fun.
"We have no game, no practice today, so we get here to hang out get some feedback from the fans.
"They’re all having a lot of fun and we’re just hanging out," said Lucic.
Sweeney said that events like Slice the Ice are very important to the Boston Bruins Foundation and its mission to assist charitable organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England.
Since its inception in July 2003 by the Jacobs Family, it has raised more than $6 million dollars through a series of fundraising events.
The Foundation, which provides grants to organizations that meet the standards of its mission, concentrates on athletics, academics, health and community outreach programs that assist in helping enrich the lives of children throughout New England.
"These are critical," said Sweeney. "And it all starts with having our management, ownership and, of course, our players involved to help make an event successful.
"And I think we've had buy in from everybody here today and hopefully we can build on this.
"I think for a first year event, everything has gone off very well."
Lucic explained that events like Slice the Ice give the players a chance to give back and also get to know their fans.
"It’s not everyday we gat a chance to do that," said Lucic. "When we do get a chance it’s always fun to to hear what they have to say.
"And it’s usually positive feedback so uh you know it’s great to see them having fun on the ice surface where we do our work.
"Like I said it’s just a lot of fun for everyone today."
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