] The entire Boston Bruins team used today’s day off to deliver toys to various hospitals around Boston.
Players, coaches and the Boston Bruins Foundation donated $23,000 to buy toys, and for every dollar the team raised, the Foundation matched. Milan Lucic
, Gregory Campbell
and Nathan Horton
visited the Children’s Hospital to make some deliveries.
“It’s a great feeling and you want to make sure everyone enjoys this time of season,” Lucic said. “I’ve done this ever since I’ve been a Bruin and it’s always a rewarding feeling.
"It’s great that we’re able to have some fun with these kids and put some smiles on their faces.”
Campbell said that some children in the hospitals are hockey fans and some are not, but it’s the importance of giving the gift and showing support that makes the children happy.
“It’s about us coming in here and sharing the joy around the holiday season,” Campbell said. "Things are hard for them now, but they’re fighting hard and [it’s nice] for us to come and give out a few gifts and show us support and try to give them a little joy.”Johnny Boychuk
, Joe Corvo
and Tuukka Rask
visited Boston Medical Center; Steven Kampfer, Benoit Pouliot
, Tyler Seguin
and Shawn Thornton
visited the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center; David Krejci
, Brad Marchand
, Dennis Seidenberg
and Tim Thomas
visited Franciscan Hospital for Children; Patrice Bergeron
, Adam McQuaid
and Rich Peverley
visited Massachusetts General Hospital for Children; Andrew Ferrence and Jordan Caron
visited Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; and Zdeno Chara
, Chris Kelly
and Daniel Paille
visited Shriners Hospital for Children.
The toy delivery tradition began when Ray Bourque was captain, while Hal Gill and P.J. Axelsson continued it. For the third straight year, Bergeron has organized the program.
“It’s gone well,” Campbell said. “The hospital staff has been accommodating, and at the end of the day they’re the people that deserve all the credit. The care the hospital gives these children is unbelievable.”---Anthony Gulizia