BostonBruins.com — In each of the last seven years that the Boston Bruins have held Cuts for a Cause, it has always been a special event.
This year, however, it will be even more special: For the first time, every single member of the Black & Gold will be shaving his head in the name of raising money for Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and the Boston Bruins Foundation.
“It’s great — I’m really excited about it,” said Patrice Bergeron, who will be hosting the event this year for the first time. “I think it’s really something that speaks a lot to all of the guys, and all of the guys want to give back. It’s definitely something easy for us to shave our heads.
“It took a little bit of negotiating with some of the guys,” he added with a laugh, “but that being said, everyone’s really nice to do it and participate and raise some money for a great cause.”
Over the last seven years, the event — which will also be hosted by Fred Toettcher and Rich Shertenlieb of 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” show — has raised over $360,000 for charity.
This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, March 24 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will also be a VIP session from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fans can bid for the opportunity to shave the heads of their favorite players, and they can watch as each player undergoes a makeover in the name of charity.
Bergeron was happy to see teammates like Loui Eriksson participate for the first time, and he was equally happy to see teammates like Tuukka Rask participate for the first time in a few years.
But when asked for the secret to convincing the likes of Rask and Eriksson to take part — especially when previous host Shawn Thornton wasn’t able to convince them last year — Bergeron just laughed.
“I don’t know; I guess my approach was trying to be nice, and Shawn’s approach was maybe a little bit more threatening with some of the guys, and intimidating a few of them,” he joked. “Maybe that’s what it is; I don’t know, but I guess I’m lucky at the same time that everyone wants to be part of it. I didn’t do much, to be honest with you.”
Bidding has already started, but fans can visit bostonbruins.com/cutsforacause to submit a bid to shave the head of their favorite player, or to purchase tickets to the event.
Auction winners will also receive admission to the VIP session, where they will meet and greet Bergeron and his teammates on the event floor.
For more information, visit the event site here.