BOSTON -- Last Friday night, the Boston Common Frog Pond played host to Bruins President Cam Neely who joined Bruins players Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron in a skate to kick-off the second annual “Neely SK8 Challenge” skate-a-thon.
“You don’t necessarily have to be a hockey player to be involved with this event,” Cam Neely said. “If you can skate you can raise money.”
The Neely SK8 Challenge is a joint effort between The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Cure and The Boston Bruins Foundation to raise funds for children who are battling cancer and the families that care for them.
Last year, the first annual Neely SK8 Challenge raised over $130,000 for the cause.
“We exceeded expectations last year and hopefully we’ll do well this year. It’s really about the awareness about being physical and getting some activity with the skating,” Neely said.
Friday at the Boston Common Frog Pond, which is operated under a partnership between The Skating Club of Boston, Boston Parks Department and The City of Boston, Bruins players, along with Neely, joined invited guests in an open skate under the Boston Common lights.
“This Frog Pond has been around a long time here, it’s a fixture at the Boston Common,” said former B's forward Bob Sweeney, Director of Development for the Boston Bruins Foundation. “It’s a great venue, everyone seems to be having fun.
"We’re happy to have it here.”
Neely, along with Lucic, Bergeron and Sweeney, met fans, signed autographs and took pictures. The event's participants also had the opportunity to skate with Blades, the Boston Bruins mascot, and the Boston Bruins Ice Girls.
“It’s for a great cause, for cancer research," said Bergeron. "Anytime you can come out here and have a chance to first of all, help out a great cause, but also meet some kids and sign some autographs and see some smiles on their faces on a great day like this is a lot of fun."