BOSTON, MA - The Boston Bruins will honor local military members, veterans, and their families at Military Appreciation Night on Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m. during the Bruins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets game at the TD Garden. To show their support for the armed forces on the eve of this upcoming Veterans Day, Bruins players Noel Acciari, David Backes, Jimmy Hayes, Torey Krug, John Michael Liles, Kevan Miller and Frank Vatrano will each purchase $2,500 worth of tickets to the Bruins/Blue Jackets 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.
In addition, Patrice Bergeron has donated his suite to Gold Star families.
Prior to the game, The Bruins will be hosting a re-enlistment ceremony for ten soldiers.
The entire Bruins team will wear camouflaged Spoked-B jerseys for warm-ups and will use American flag and Canadian flag stick tape during the game to show their support for Military Appreciation Night. The team-signed, warm-up worn camouflaged jerseys will be auctioned off at the Boston Bruins Foundation table at a future Bruins home game.
Dropping the ceremonial puck will be Nashua, NH native and Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts. Pitts joined the Army in 2003, at the age of 17 under the delayed entry program. He attended basic training and advanced individual training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Pitts went to the U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., before being assigned as a radio telephone operator for the 4th Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment and 173rd Airborne Brigade at Camp Ederle, Italy from 2004-2005. He remained headquartered at Camp Ederle as part of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Abn. Bde. from 2006 to 2009. While assigned to the 173rd, Pitts deployed twice to Afghanistan. His first deployment in 2005 lasted 12 months. His final deployment spanned 15 months beginning in 2007. Pitts departed the active-duty Army in 2009.
The Bruins and Mass Lottery honor a military member of the community with the 8-Spoked Salute. Tonight's honoree is Army Veteran Albert Renzella, of Malden, MA. As a Tank Commander for the 10th Armor Division under General Patton, he participated in combat in France and Germany, containing enemy troops. For his service, he received a World War Two Victory Medal.
SSGT Eric Murray of Inglewood, CA and Petty Officer First Class Thomas Camara, of Providence, RI, will be honored when they ride the ice resurfacer during the first intermission, and SrA Nicholas Wright of New Hampshire and Rear Admiral Steven Poulin of Kittery, ME will be honored when the ride the ice resurfacer during the second intermission. 12 World War II veterans will be in attendance.
Members of the military will also be bench assistants as well as be part of the High Five Line pregame, first and second intermissions.
There are many ways for fans to get involved in Military Appreciation Night. Season Ticket Holders, Game Plan Holders, and Premium Club clients with a ticket to the Blue Jackets game on Thursday, November 10 can donate their seats by logging into Account Manager and clicking on 'Manage My Tickets - Donate to Charity.' Tickets will be donated to local military programs. Fans can purchase Seats for Solider tickets for donation, giving local military members, veterans, and their families a chance to see Bruins hockey live at TD Garden in celebration of Military Appreciation Night by visiting https://www.nhl.com/bruins/tickets/military-appreciation-night or by calling 617-624-2327, Option 1.
Official Boston Bruins Camo Veteran's Day Reebok Practice Jerseys will be available at the ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 of TD Garden, Gameday ProShop stores, and on BostonProShop.com. The ProShop powered by Reebok and Gameday ProShop stores offer 10% off with a military ID at all times. In conjunction with Military Appreciation Night, all military will receive a 20% off discount at the ProShop powered by Reebok and all Gameday ProShop locations on the night of the game. Members of the military who would like to receive tickets can visit the USO New England website at uso.org/newengland.
The Officical Boston Bruins Camo Veteran's Day Reebok Practice Jerseys that will be worn by the team during warm ups will be auctioned off at tonight's game. To place a bid or purchase a raffle ticket, fans can visit the Boston Bruins Foundation table behind loge 4. All proceeds will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.
Also, there will be a limited number of mystery signed camo pucks available behind Loge 16/17 & 329. Pucks are $20 each and proceeds USO New England Serving Active Duty Service Members and their families.
The National Anthem will be performed by rock musician, and Lowell, MA native, Gary Hoey.
Fans can tag their own military photos and appreciation with the hashtag #BruinsSalute on Twitter and Instagram.
For more information on Military Appreciation Night, click here.
Fans looking to purchase tickets to the game can visit http://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0100