BOSTON - The Boston Bruins will host Hockey is for Everyone Night presented by TD Bank on Thursday, February 27, during their home game against the Dallas Stars at 7:30 p.m. at TD Garden. Hockey is for Everyone is an NHL initiative in partnership with You Can Play that uses the game of hockey - and the League's global influence - to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
"At TD Bank, we believe in enabling people of all abilities and backgrounds to achieve their full potential. We recognize that fostering more inclusive communities is not only the right thing to do, it also supports a more robust, innovative and productive environment for all, on and off the ice," said Steve Webb, Regional President, Southern New England and Upstate New York, TD Bank. "We are thrilled to be teaming up with the Bruins to present Hockey is for Everyone Night, and look forward to finding more ways to collaborate and celebrate inclusion and diversity across all of the communities we serve."
Diversity will be celebrated throughout the game. Performing the national anthem will be 24-year-old Lavender Darcangelo of Fitchburg, MA who is a Flutie Fellow for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. The Flutie Fellow program supports young adults with autism in pursuit of career and life goals, who act as ambassadors for the Flutie Foundation and promote inclusion and respect within their networks. Lavender began singing at the age of three, before she could even speak. She is currently working on her debut solo album Mosaic, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.
Hockey players of diverse backgrounds will serve as the Hockey is for Everyone Blue Line Captains. Serving as the Blue Line Captains will be 12-year-old defenseman Erin Munro of Duxbury, MA, who plays for the Duxbury Girls U12 team, 9-year-old defenseman Brian Proctor Jr of Raynham, MA who plays for Tricounty Saints; 15-year-old forward Jessica Driscoll of Tewksbury, MA who plays for the Methuen/Tewksbury Red Rangers Girls High School Hockey; 14-year-old forward Luke Dragsbaek of Hopkinton, MA, an LGBTQ activist who plays for Triboro Titans Bantams; 14-year-old forward Luke Dimke of Barrington, NH who plays for the North Passage Wildcats of the Northeast Sled Hockey League; and 10-year-old goalie Beckett Guest of Gloucester, MA who plays for Cape Ann Youth Hockey and is known as "The Singing Goalie".
The 8 Spoked Salute will be Vietnam Veteran, Richard Egan who served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Army.
Bruins players will be using Pride tape during warmups. Rainbow Spoked B Mystery Pucks will be on sale throughout the concourse for $20. All proceeds from the mystery pucks will benefit You Can Play. The 50/50 Raffle will support Save the Harbor, Save the Bay, a non-profit public interest harbor advocacy organization which is made up of thousands of citizens, as well as scientists, and civic, corporate, cultural and community leaders whose mission is to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy.
The ProShop powered by '47 at TD Garden will also be selling Bruins Rainbow Pride hats and pucks.
ABOUT YOU CAN PLAY
You Can Play works to ensure safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches, and fans. You Can Play believes sports teams should focus on an athlete's skills, work ethic, and competitive spirit, not their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
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