BOSTON -- [Photo Gallery] On Wednesday, Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and forward Rich Peverley stopped by Steriti Memorial Rink to kick off the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) public skating season.
Starting next week during the public school Christmas break, the DCR will offer 300 free hours of open-ice time for public skating.
“Families, in tough financial times have the ability to come out and enjoy themselves in these properties and what better way to do it then to have Bruins with us,” DCR Commisioner Ed Lambert said. “Through their efforts and championship season has re-ignited the spark in all of us to get back on the ice. We’re thrilled that they’re here.”
More importantly than the public skating kickoff, the Bruins were there for the Toys for Tots collection. Anyone who donated a toy got an autograph, along with a raffle ticket for a chance to win a team-signed stick.
“I think that it’s important for us to get out in the community and show our appreciation for all the fans that come out to be here for us,” Peverley said. “This is a great facility for people in this community for people to skate around.”
At every home game in December, the US Marines collected toys for the Toys for Tots program, and then distributed by the players to children at various hospitals.
“The whole team was able to go to the hospitals and distribute gifts and we take that right to hart, we want to be able to do something to help them whatever way we can,” Peverley said.
Seidenberg said he enjoyed coming to help the DCR promote the public ice skating season and to help support the Toys for Tots program.
“There’s nothing easier for us to come out and support these great causes and get some toys for people not as fortunate as most of us,” Seidenberg said.
Tonight’s game marks the last collection for the month, and Lambert said the Bruins and the US Marines have done an outstanding job collecting and distributing toys.
“It shows that the Bruins not only have the strength to win a championship, but they have heart as well,” Lambert said.