BostonBruins.com -- The Boston Bruins Foundation and Boston Bruins Alumni Association are gearing up for their 9th annual golf tournament at The International Golf Club & Resort in Bolton, Massachusetts. The event swings in the start of the season, and gives fans a chance to play alongside the boys in Black & Gold.
“We always see smiles on everyone’s faces when they’re all joking around,” Shawn Thornton said from his Putts and Punches for Parkinson’s tournament last month. “That’s kind of the first time we really get together so it’s a good time.
“Everyone enjoys it and they’re happy to do it.”
Thornton and his teammates will also be joined by Bruins alumni like Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, Terry O’Reilly, and Gerry Cheevers who have made appearances in the past. The enforcer said he’s excited to share the green with these local legends.
“I’m around all summer so I run into a few people here and there,” No. 22 added. “But for some of the younger guys that are on the team and the guys that aren’t around here all the time [they] get to run into some of the older guys that really made their marks on this city 20-30 years ago.
“It’s a pretty cool experience for me.”
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask called the tournament a highlight of his summer, and is also looking forward to catching up with the current and former members of the B’s organization.
“You have all the same spirits as those older guys, and they know what it’s like to play hockey and to play in Boston,” Rask said. “[We] just change thoughts with them and talk about life and hockey in general.
“Everybody’s there just having a good time and playing a good round of golf, and then they have the auction and the dinner which is always a big success,” he added.
“[For] people to see us there without the hockey gear, I think it’s good for them as well.”
After a long off-season, Thornton’s linemate on the “Merlot Line,” Daniel Paille is also eager to reunite with everyone.
“It’s an exciting time for us, we don’t talk too much in the summers but when we do we try to catch up as much as we can,” Paille reiterated. “There’s a bunch of teasers out there and it definitely gets a little more exciting and guys loosen up as the day goes on.
“And after the day’s done we just kind of chill and relax and enjoy dinner together and just share some stories.”