BOSTON, MA - The Boston Bruins will honor local military members, veterans, and their families at Military Appreciation Night on Monday, November 6 during the Bruins vs. Minnesota Wild game at TD Garden at 7:00 p.m. To show their support for the armed forces, Bruins players Noel Acciari, David Backes, Brandon Carlo, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, Tim Schaller, and Frank Vatrano will each purchase $2,500 worth of tickets to the Bruins vs. Wild game to give to local military members and their families. The military members and families who sit in these player-donated seats will have the opportunity to meet the players postgame. In addition, Patrice Bergeron has donated his suite to families who are involved with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).
The entire Bruins team will wear camouflaged Spoked-B jerseys for warm-ups and will use American flag and Canadian flag stick tape during the game to show their support for Military Appreciation Night.
Fans present at both the November 6 and November 11 Bruins games will have the opportunity to win warmup-worn autographed Military Appreciation Night jerseys by placing a bid or purchasing a raffle ticket at Loge 4. In addition, fans can also bid on a number of different jerseys by visiting bruinsauctions.org. Fans can also enter to win Kevan Miller's Military Appreciation Night jersey by purchasing raffle tickets on bruinsraffles.org. Both the online auction and raffle will begin on November 6 at 7:00 p.m. and end on November 17 at 5:00 PM.
There will be a limited number of mystery signed camo pucks available for fans to purchase. Pucks will be $20 each and all proceeds will benefit the USO of New England, which serves active duty service members and their families.
Dropping the ceremonial puck will be two World War II Veterans and brothers from Taunton, MA, 95 year old, Master Sergeant Ramo Riva and 97 year old, Staff Sergeant Hugo Riva. Master Sargent Ramo Riva was a Flight Chief for the 458th Bombardment Group 8th Army Air Force, and was in charge of twelve B-24 Liberator Bombers which helped supply General Patten's Army. Staff Sergeant Hugo Riva was a Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner for the 306th Bombardment Group 8th Army Air Force, and was in charge of monitoring the mechanical operation on a B-17 Flying Fortress.
The Bruins and Mass Lottery will honor a local military member with the 8-Spoked Salute. The honoree will be Navy Corpsman Jim O'Brien who has served for 10 years, and has been on 2 tours of duty in Iraq.
Members of the military will also be riding on the ice resurfacer, sitting on the bench during pregame warmups, and high fiving the players in between periods.
There are many ways for fans to get involved in Military Appreciation Night. Season Ticket Holders, Game Plan Holders, and Premium Club clients with a ticket to the Military Appreciation Night game can donate their seats by logging into Account Manager and clicking on 'Manage My Tickets - Donate to Charity.' Tickets will be donated to local military programs. Fans can purchase Seats for Solider tickets for donation, giving local military members, veterans, and their families a chance to see Bruins hockey live at TD Garden in celebration of Military Appreciation Night by visiting https://www.nhl.com/bruins/tickets/military-appreciation-night or by calling 617-624-2327, Option 1.
"I Salute" cards powered by TD Bank will be distributed at the East & West turnstiles. In advance to the game, fans are encouraged to use #BruinsSalute to submit names of servicemen & women who have served or continue to serve our country for the chance to have a custom "I Salute" card hung up in the Player Locker Room Hallway during Monday's game. Fans are also encouraged to upload photos of service men and women showing their Bruins pride for the chance to be featured in an in-game video on Military Appreciation Night. To upload a photo use #BruinsSalute or visit https://www.nhl.com/bruins/tickets/military-appreciation-night.
Official Boston Bruins Military Appreciation night adidas jerseys and hats will be available at the ProShop on Level 2 of TD Garden, Gameday ProShop stores, and on BostonProShop.com. The ProShop and Gameday ProShop stores offer 10% off with a military ID at all times. In conjunction with Military Appreciation Night, all military in attendance at Military Appreciation Night will receive a 20% off discount at the ProShop and all Gameday ProShop locations on the night of the game.
Last season, the Boston Bruins Foundation partnered with Red River to raise $42,000 for Operation Hat Trick, an organization that provides financial assistance to support the recovery of wounded service members and veterans. This November, the Bruins are kicking off the program again with a new special edition hat and t-shirt only available at the ProShop located on level 2 of TD Garden. Net proceeds will benefit Operation Hat Trick.
For more information on Military Appreciation Night, visit https://www.nhl.com/bruins/tickets/military-appreciation-night.