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B's Celebrate 5-Year Anniversary of Ice Bucket Challenge

Coyle, Wagner among those in attendance for celebration of ALS Awareness

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Five years ago, the Ice Bucket Challenge took the world by storm and helped change the fight against ALS forever.

And on Monday, Bruins forwards Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner, as well as B's legend Ray Bourque, were on hand in Copley Square for a celebration marking the anniversary.

The event, put on by the ALS Association, was also a tribute to Boston icon Pete Frates and New York native Pat Quinn, who both continue to battle the dreaded disease and were instrumental in making the Ice Bucket Challenge a world-wide phenomenon in July 2014.

The viral challenge produced roughly 17 million videos on Facebook and raised over $200 million for ALS research and awareness.

Video: Bourque, Coyle & Wagner Participate in ALS Awareness

"We feel honored to be here and help a great cause that blew up five years ago, so many people taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge," said Charlie Coyle. "It means a lot to be here with these guys, Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, just big inspirations for a lot of people and what they've done to help raise awareness."

Over the past five years, Frates - a three-sport star at St. John's Prep in Danvers (football, hockey, and baseball) and former captain of the Boston College baseball team - has become a Boston icon, while inspiring millions with his courage and determination.

"To keep doing these things after everything…he inspires a lot of people, he inspires us and you can see how this thing blew up," said Coyle. "People take part because of the guy that he is and what he does, what it represents. You look up to people like that."

Here are some photos from the event, courtesy of 13 Photography:

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