BOSTON - The Boston Bruins will honor local military members, veterans, and their families at Military Appreciation Night on Tuesday, November 12 during the Bruins vs. Florida Panthers game at TD Garden at 7:00 p.m. To show their support for the armed forces, Bruins players David Backes, Brandon Carlo, Charlie Coyle, Matt Grzelcyk, Torey Krug, Karson Kuhlman, Sean Kuraly, Charlie McAvoy, Kevan Miller, John Moore and Chris Wagner will each purchase $2,500 worth of tickets to the Bruins vs. Panthers 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.
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. Coaches and staff will also wear American Flag pins.
Performing the national anthem will be SPC Blair Leavitt of the 215th Army Band (MA National Guard. Leavitt is a vocalist and saxophonist who consistently performs for audiences of up to 66,000 as the Premier vocalist of the 215th Army Band as well as continually performing her original music across New England. Her past performances include Patriots games, Red Sox games, Celtics games, the Governor's Inauguration, for private military and official party events, and notable venues across New England.
The honorary color guard will be comprised of cadets from Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
The ceremonial puck drop will be performed by Chris Hart and his parents Daniel and Jody, who both served in the US Army in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Chris joined the US Army in 2005 and was stationed in South Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Hawaii as a combat medic. He was later deployed as a front-line medic for 25th Infantry 2nd Stryker brigade 1-14 Infantry battalion from 2007-2009.
The 8-Spoked Salute recipients will be husband and wife Lindsay and David Verderber. David served at Barnes Air National Guard from 1999 - 2005 as a security forces member. After 9/11, he was activated to active duty and served on three deployments overseas supporting Operation Noble Eagle and Operations Enduring Freedom. Lindsay is currently still serving at Barnes Air National Guard in Westfield MA. Lindsay has been in the Air National Guard for over 16 years. She was deployed twice overseas supporting operation Enduring Freedom. They have two kids, Reese and Levi, and they reside in Spencer, MA.
Season Ticket Holders, Game Plan Holders, and Premium Club clients with a ticket to the Florida Panthers game on Tuesday, November 12 were encouraged to donate their seats to local military members and their families through Account Manager. Fans were also encouraged to 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.
The Boston Bruins Foundation will host a 50/50 raffle benefiting Fisher House of Boston on the 11/12 Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers game. The Fisher House Boston eases the burden of our Veterans and their families during difficult times. To serve those who have served. Their mission is to be responsive to the needs of our guests and go above and beyond what the VA can provide. They strive to meet the basic comfort needs of our guests, during some of the most difficult times in our guest lives, as well as, enhance the healing and supportive environment of the house.
Tickets will be sold in arena on 11/12 and online at BostonBruins.com/5050.
The Boston Bruins will also have player signed mystery camo pucks available behind Loge 3 & Balcony 312. Pucks are $20 each and proceeds USO New England Serving Active Duty Service Members and their families.
Again this year, the Boston Bruins have teamed up with Red River and '47 to raise money for Operation Hat Trick. Net proceeds from this special-edition merchandise will provide financial assistance to support the recovery of wounded service members & veterans. Additionally, limited edition Boston Bruins Military Appreciation Night official camo jerseys, which will be worn by the players during warm-ups ahead of the game against Florida, are available for fans to purchase at the ProShop powered by '47 located at the Hub on Causeway at TD Garden.
While both the ProShop powered by '47 and ProShop locations within the concourse always offer 10% off for those with a valid military ID, on Military Appreciation Night, servicemen and women, and veterans may enjoy 20% off their purchase.
Fans have uploaded photos of service men and women online showing their Bruins pride that will be featured on the Garden HDZ on Military Appreciation Night. Fans can also use the hashtag #BruinsSalute on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be included on Garden HDX.