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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
B's Continue Annual Tradition of Giving to Children in Boston Hospitals During the Holidays
Release: 12/12/2007

Boston, MA - The Boston Bruins full roster of players and coaches will continue their annual tradition of delivering toys to children in local hospitals this year.  On Friday, December 14th the Bruins will be divided into seven groups, and each group will be at their respective hospital at 2:00 p.m. ET.

A total of $22,000, which was donated by the Bruins players and coaches, the Boston Bruins Foundation and Volvo was used by the team to shop for the toys last week at the Target in Woburn.

The following is the schedule of deliveries for Friday.

Group 1 - 2:00 p.m.
Boston Bruins Players:
Marc Savard                                                     Location: Children’s Hopsital, Boston
Aaron Ward                                                                        Longwood Avenue
PJ Axelsson                                                                       Boston, MA
Petteri Nokelainen                                                                 

Group 2 - 2:00 p.m.
Boston Bruins Players:
Phil Kessel                                                      Location: Mass General Hospital
Andrew Alberts                                                                  55 Fruit St.
Bobby Allen                                                                        Ellison 18 Playroom
Mark Stuart                                                                         Boston, MA

Group 3 - 2:00 p.m.
Boston Bruins Players:
Zdeno Chara                                                   Location: Shriners Hospital for Children
Milan Lucic                                                                         51 Blossom St.
Chuck Kobasew                                                               Boston, MA

Group 4 - 2:00 p.m.
Boston Bruins Players:
Shawn Thornton                                             Location: Boston Medical Center
Brandon Bochenski                                                         850 Harrison Ave.
Peter Schaefer                                                                  Boston, MA
Claude Julien
Geoff Ward

Group 5 - 2:00 p.m.
Boston Bruins Players:
Tim Thomas                                                    Location: Spaulding Rehab. Hospital
Andrew Ference                                                               243 Charles St.
Tuukka Rask                                                                     Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary -10th Floor
                                                                                             Boston, MA

Group 6 - 2:00 p.m.
Boston Bruins Players:
Glen Murray                                                     Location: Floating Hospital/Tufts NEMC
Marco Sturm                                                                     755 Washington St.
Jeremy Reich                                                                   “Ace” Bailey Playroom
                                                                                             Boston, MA

Group 7 - 2:00 p.m.
Boston Bruins Players:
Glen Metropolit                                                Location: Franciscan Hospital for Children
Manny Fernandez                                                             30 Warren St.
Dennis Wideman                                                             Brighton, MA

Boston Bruins Go Holiday Shopping
Release: 11/28/07

Woburn, MA -- Part of being a Boston Bruin is knowing that giving back to the community is a major part of the job.

Many of the Bruins had an opportunity Tuesday afternoon to take those words literally.  The B's hit the aisles at Target in Woburn Tuesday afternoon and purchased toys that will be given as gifts for patients at Childrens Hospital and various shelters around the city.

Participants were (in no particular order): P.J. Axelsson, his wife Siw and daughter Wilma, Glen Murray, wife Katie and his kids Parker and Hunter, Captain Zdeno Chara, Brandon Bochenski, Phil Kessel, Chuck Kobasew and wife Krissy, Milan Lucic, Glen Metropolit, his wife Michlyn, daughters Acivia and Esther and son Max, Jeremy Reich, Peter Schaefer and wife Julie, Shawn Thornton, Andrew Alberts, Andrew Ference, Mark Stuart, Dennis Wideman, Manny Fernandez, Tim Thomas and wife Melissa, and the newest Bruin, Matt Hunwick.

In all, thanks to the players, coaching staff, Volvo and a donation from the Boston Bruins foundation, $22,000 went to this terrific cause.

Bruins Hall of Famer, Ray Bourque, started the player holiday toy shopping and delivery tradition when he was captain, defenseman Hal Gill continued the tradition and for the past two seasons Axelsson has taken responsibility for the program.

The toys will be distributed later this month and the following hospitals will be receiving toy donations:

Shriners Hospital
Boston Medical Center
Franciscan Hospital for Children
Children's Hospital, Boston
Tufts- New England Medical Center
Mass General Hospital
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network will cover donation day. Click here for a photo gallery...
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