BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins will honor local military members, veterans, and their families at Military Appreciation Day presented by the Army National Guard of Massachusetts and New Hampshire on Monday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. during the Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning game at the TD Garden. To show their support for the armed forces on this upcoming Veterans Day, Bruins players Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, David Krejci, Torey Krug and Dennis Seidenberg, will each purchase $2,500 worth of tickets to the Bruins/Lightning 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.
Bruins fans can follow the lead of their favorite Bruins players through the team’s “Seats for Soldiers” program. The Seats for Soldiers program enables fans to purchase specially priced $125 Lower Level Seats and $75 Upper Level Seats that will be donated to the Boston Bruins Foundation who in turn will donate them to the USO New England. To purchase tickets for donation please visit www.bostonbruins.com/military or call 617-624-1805.
The entire Bruins team will wear camouflaged Spoked-B jerseys for warm-ups and will use camouflaged stick tape during the game to show their support for Military Appreciation Day.
Patrice Bergeron will host Defending The Blue Line in his private suite as part of his Patrice’s Pals program. DTBL is a non-profit organization, which ensures children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey.
The soldiers and families in attendance will be honored throughout the game with photo montages on the Garden HDX, Zamboni rides, and more. The National Anthem will be performed by Specialist Jennifer Messina, US Army Reserves. The Walgreens Kids Captain, joining the team on the ice for the National Anthem, is Brendan Moricas whose father is on active duty with the United States Army. The ceremonial puck drop will be performed by Paul Monti. The Song of the Year at the 2013 CMA Awards held in Nashville on Wednesday night, “I Drive Your Truck”, was inspired by a radio interview Paul Monti gave about his late son, Medal of Honor recipient Jared Monti. Zamboni Riders will include US Air Force Senior Airman Cody Sellers, US Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Benjamin Ricard, Navy Chief Information Systems Technician Joseph Michael Thayer, and New Hampshire Army National Guard Chemical Operations Sergeant Sean Morrison. During the second intermission the Bruins and Land Component Commander of the Massachusetts National Guard, Brigadier General Paul G. Smith, will recognize 10 soldiers for their outstanding achievements while attending Advance Individual Training.
The Bruins Pro Shop and the Fan Zone stores offer 10% off with a military ID at all times. In conjunction with Military Appreciation Day, all military will receive a 20% off discount at the Pro Shop and all Fan Zone locations on the day of the game.
All in-game fundraising from the 50/50 raffle and silent auction of team signed, warm-up worn camouflaged jerseys will benefit the USO. The USO is a nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, which relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities. The USO is not part of the U.S. government, but is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and the President of the United States, who serves as Honorary Chairman of the USO.
Fans can also support USO’s Operation Little Elf in order to lift the spirits of soldiers and their families this holiday season. To support this initiative on Military Appreciation Day fans can bring an iTunes Gift Card (any amount between $5 and not to exceed $25) to be sent to troops serving overseas or bring a grocery, gas, store or movie gift card (any amount between $5 and not to exceed $25) to be given to local New England military families of deployed military this holiday season. Fans who donate or bring in gift cards will automatically be given a raffle ticket to win Bruins prizes.
WHAT: Military Appreciation Day presented by the Army National Guard of Massachusetts and New Hampshire
WHEN: Monday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. during the Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning game
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Entire Bruins Roster; Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, David Krejci, Torey Krug and Dennis Seidenberg will be donating $12,500 in tickets to the USO; Patrice Bergeron will host DTBL in his Patrice’s Pals suite.