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“We’re happy to get a chance to meet the fans and it’s for a great cause with the Bruins Foundation,” said Bruins Assistant Captain Patrice Bergeron
“Any time to get a chance to come out here and help out and rise some huge money, it’s always fun.”
In the first hour before all the games began, the B’s got a chance to have some one-on-one conversations with the night’s VIP’s.
“To know how strong of fans they are and how much they care is really great,” said Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference
“Everybody has a different story about how long they’ve been season ticket holders or how long they’ve been watching the Bruins.
“To come into a market like this where people care so much about the team and about the game, it’s special. It’s kind of one of those perks of playing for an Original Six team.”
Joined by many Boston Bruins Alumni, Casino Night joined fans and players together at various casino tables including craps, blackjack, Texas Hold ‘em, Wheel of Fortune and double roulette.
“I think the Bruins...do a good job of having these events and the players get to interact with the fans,” said Milan Lucic
“It’s always great when you have that interaction and get their feedback.
"Since I’ve been here it’s always been a great feedback. It’s fun to hang out with them and have a night like this,” he said.
The newest Bruin, Rich Peverley
, enjoyed being able to meet some of the B’s biggest fans even before he gets to take the ice on their behalf.
“It’s always nice to meet new people and get to know some of the fans that support you,” he said.
The event rounded out the Boston Bruins Foundation’s offerings for the 2010-11 season.
“For all our fans and all our players, it’s a great way to interact with the guys,” said Bruins Foundation Director of the Development Bob Sweeney.
“I think as a former player we [also] would like to be involved…and be able to talk to the fans one-on-one. And for the fans get a chance to get to know some of the guys one-on-one.”
Each participant received a buy-in of 1,000 mock-dollars in chips and played until they were out.
The winner, the person with the most value in chips at the end of the night, received a jetBlue Getaway. The vacation includes two round trip tickets to Las Vegas and three nights at the Venetian.
In addition to the casino activities, the Boston Bruins Foundation also put on a silent auction, which included one of kind items for fans to bid on. ---Hannah Becker