The Black & Gold were playing a different game that afternoon. Instead of heading out on the ice suited up in their hockey gear the guys played Santa Clause armed with wish lists and carriages in hand.
The gifts purchased by the team will bring a little holiday cheer to the children who are unable to be at home this holiday season.
The gifts will be delivered to Children’s Hospital Boston, Mass General Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston Medical Center, Spaulding Rehab Hospital, Franciscan Hospital for Children, and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center on Tuesday, December 15.
Forward Patrice Bergeron
, who took the reins from PJ Axelsson, has kept up the tradition by hosting this year’s holiday toy shopping extravaganza.
“It feels good obviously. It is great to finally have a chance to give back to the community and give back to the kids,” said the assistant captain.
“It’s going to mean a lot to the kids and put a smile on their face, and [is something that will] help make the holidays a little bit better for them.”
Kids are a huge part of the Boston Bruins and the B’s players understand the overwhelming support they receive from their fans and feel that children are a big part of their success so it’s important for them to be able to give back to others who may not be as fortunate, especially during the holidays.
“It means a lot to me. Kids have always been a big part of my life," said Bergeron. "Even though I don’t have any of my own… I love kids.
“My parents gave back to the community when I was younger and I learned about giving back at a very young age especially around the holidays.
“Around Christmas time it makes it even more special to have a chance to give back.”
The players were decked out in Santa hats and the Bruins jerseys as they walked with shopping carts full of toys through the aisles and were brought back to their youth as they picked out building blocks, kids clothing, and Transformers.
Obviously, there were smiles and laughs all around.
“It’s a great tradition to carry along," continued Bergeron. "It was easy for me to get the guys going and get involved because they all want to do it. They all want to help the kids for a great cause.
“I think for the past years since I’ve been here, the [Boston Bruins organization], the Boston Bruins Foundation and also the Boston Bruins players have always wanted to do great things for the community.
"It’s been working well, and it has been awesome.”Make sure to check back soon to hear about the success of the toy deliveries on Tuesday, Dec. 15th.