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New B's Learn to Give Back

by Kate Ready / Boston Bruins
Joe Colborne, David & Jeff LoVecchio
BOSTON, MA - When most of people think about what it takes to become a Boston Bruin, we think of skill and ability on the ice, but for five of the young B’s at Development Camp, they learned that it also takes character to wear the Black & Gold.

Each year, the Boston Bruins organization, led by Director of Hockey Operations & Player Development Don Sweeney, a former Bruins standout himself, teach their newest players about the Hub of Hockey by having them give back to the people that support the Bruins organization.

“[Charity work] is part of the fabric of what we’re trying to do,” said Sweeney. “[We want to] be a part of this entire community.

“And we want a lot of these guys to understand that that’s part of the expectations of our organization.”

This year, Bruins prospects Jamie Arniel, Jordan Caron, Joe Colborne, Zach Hamill, Matt Dalton and Jeff LoVecchio traveled to Revere’s Cronin Rink to help promote youth hockey and play a scrimmage with 40 lucky young players.

An additional 60-plus youth hockey players participated in cross-ice instructional hockey games facilitated by the prospects and, of course, Blades, the Bruins mascot.

The kids were divided into two teams and coached by Bruins Alumni, Sweeney and former B’s captain Rick Middleton, with the five new B’s divided amongst the two teams.

The 40-minute game featured 18 goals in regulation and lots of encouragement for the young players from the Bruins development campers.

“It was a lot of fun just out there,” said former Bemidji State goalie and Bruins development camper, Matt Dalton.  “I was just out there trying to help out a little bit, just giving them a little advice.” 

Dalton’s advice must have worked as one of his goalies won the shootout, and clinched the victory for their team. However, it was clear to everyone on the ice, including the young Bruins, that the event was not about winning or losing. Rather, it was about playing the game they all love and helping out the community.

“The little kids really like the Bruins,” said the B’s top draft pick in 2009, Jordan Caron. “So I think it’s a great experience for the kids to see us.”

When the game was all over, the kids were each treated to pictures and autographs. For the kids, the day was a dream come true and they all left the rink with smiles on their face and a renewed love for the game.

Asked about his favorite part of the day, New Bedford’s Niko Safioleas said, “Just playing hockey – it was awesome.”

Based on answers like that, the event was a clear success.
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