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B's Announce Player Assignment for Carnival

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
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Boston, MA - The Boston Bruins Foundation unveiled the player station assignments for the 19th Annual Boston Bruins Wives' Charity Carnival, presented by Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, which will be held this Sunday, January 4 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. The carnival is broken down in to three sessions from 11:00 - 12:00, 12:00 - 2:00 and 3:00 - 5:00. Tickets are on sale now for all three sessions.

Included in the General Admission Session of the Carnival from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. is a special Rock Band 2 video game competition. In Rock Band 2, players can choose between vocals, guitar, bass, and drums and play along with 84 of the biggest and best songs in rock and roll history. Throughout the General Admission Session, fans will play head-to-head with Blake Wheeler while special guest judges from Harmonix - the creators of Rock Band - evaluate the participants based on technical ability (accuracy) and performance (enthusiasm). The best players will be selected to move on to compete against the Bruins Band in the Rock Band 2 finale at 5:00 p.m. on stage at center ice. The Bruins Band consists of Mark Stuart on vocals, Blake Wheeler on drums, Milan Lucic on lead guitar and Matt Lashoff on bass. The Bruins Band is expected to perform Pearl Jam’s hit song "Alive."

The Bruins and Harmonix will be giving away a special prize to the top performer of the competition: a full Rock Band 2 retail bundle for the Nintendo Wii system autographed by the Bruins players.

In addition to the Rock Band competition, fans also have the opportunity to battle P.J. Axelsson in ping-pong, David Krejci and Michael Ryder in knock hockey, Dennis Wideman in Nintendo Wii tennis, Andrew Ference in XBox games and join head coach Claude Julien for a tour of the team’s locker room.

Zdeno Chara, Manny Fernandez, Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic, Marc Savard and Tim Thomas will be signing autographs and taking photos with fans during each session.

This year the carnival is broken up into three sessions according to three corresponding price levels. Please note that the prices of the Early Bird Session and General Admission Session only cover admission in to the carnival and that all carnival games require an additional cost to participate:

The VIP Autograph Session goes from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Tickets cost $250 for non-season ticket holders and $200 for season ticket holders, and includes entrance to the carnival during the Early Bird session. Fans will meet and get an autograph from every Boston Bruins player on the 2008-09 roster. This session is limited to 100 people and includes complimentary access to participate in all carnival games, with a one-use-per-activity limit.

The Early Bird Session runs from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tickets cost $50, and the ticket includes entrance to the carnival and one free autograph from a Bruins player of their choice. This session will be limited to only 800 people to ensure shorter lines and more time with players.

The General Admission Session provides guests entrance to the Carnival from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for ages 12 and older, $10 for ages 6-12, and are free for kids under 5. The ticket includes entrance in to the carnival only. Tickets to the General Admission Session are still available for purchase at bostonbruins.com and includes entrance in to the carnival only.

The full list of each game and corresponding player includes...
Players, Early Bird Session, General Admission Session        
P.J. Axelsson, Air Hockey, Ping Pong    
Zdeno Chara, Photo booth and Autograph, Photo booth and Autograph
Andrew Ference, Xbox 360, Penalty Box            
Manny Fernandez, Photo booth and Autograph/Shots on Goal, Photo booth and Autograph/Shots on Goal
Shane Hnidy, High Striker, Nintendo Wii
Matt Hunwick, Boogie Heads, Bubble Hockey
Phil Kessel, Photo booth and Autograph, Photo booth and Autograph
Chuck Kobasew, Ping Pong, Reality Car Racing
David Krejci, Nintendo Wii, Knock Hockey
Matt Lashoff, Rock Band 2, Dance Dance Revolution
Milan Lucic, Photo booth and Autograph, Photo booth and Autograph
Petteri Nokelainen, Wheel of Chance, Wheel of Chance
Michael Ryder,Knock Hockey, High Striker
Marc Savard, Photo booth and Autograph, Photo booth and Autograph
Vladimir Sobotka, Bubble Hockey, Foosball
Martin St. Pierre, Foosball, Boogie Heads                
Mark Stuart, Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero        
Marco Sturm, Air Force Yukon Denali with 52 In Plasma TV Play Station III,
Xbox 360
Tim Thomas, Photo booth and Autograph/Shots on Goal, Photo booth and Autograph/Shots on Goal
Shawn Thornton, Penalty Box, Nintendo Wii
Aaron Ward, Reality Car Racing,
Air Force Yukon Denali with 52 In Plasma TV Play Station III
Blake Wheeler, Guitar Hero, Rock Band 2
Dennis Wideman, Nintendo Wii, Target Goal
Stephane Yelle, Target Goal, Air Hockey

Each year, the Boston Bruins Foundation - which helps organize and execute the Wives' Carnival - donates the proceeds from the event to a charity of the Foundation's choice. This year’s recipient is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the leading organization in the United States devoted to Cystic Fibrosis. And, in addition to donating the funds raised during the Charity Carnival, the Boston Bruins Foundation will hold a 50/50 raffle during the Bruins home games on January 1 and January 3 to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
 
About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure. The mission of the Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization, is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease. Thanks to the dedication and financial backing of our supporters- patients, families and friends, clinicians, researchers, volunteers, individual donors, corporations and staff, we are making a difference.

About Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center
Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital offers a comprehensive range of services from prevention and primary care to the most sophisticated treatment of rare and unusual conditions. Our focus and mission every day is to improve the lives of children and their families. We treat every child as if they are our own.

About the Boston Bruins Foundation
The Boston Bruins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation whose mission is to assist charitable organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. Since its inception in July 2003 by the Jacobs Family, it has raised more than $2 million dollars through a series of fundraising events. The Foundation, which provides grants to organizations that meet the standards of its mission, concentrates on athletics, academics, health, and community outreach programs that assist in helping enrich the lives of children throughout New England.
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