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Neely: Bruins 'Committed to Growing' Women's Hockey

Organization has entered into partnership with Boston Pride of NWHL

by Michael Tolvo and Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - As an Original Six franchise with a storied history and passionate fan base, the Boston Bruins have the ability to make a monumental impact on the growth of the sport. On Thursday, the organization made an announcement that will help to do just that.

The Bruins revealed that they have partnered with the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League to support and grow the game of women's hockey in Massachusetts, as well as assist the Pride financially.

"We've always been committed to growing the sport," said Bruins president Cam Neely. "It makes all kinds of sense to get involved with the Pride and girls' hockey [and] women's hockey. We're excited about doing that and building this partnership and helping grow the game at the grass roots level for women and girls."

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Photos: B's Annual Holiday Toy Shopping

Bergeron spearheads event for the ninth year

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

SAUGUS - The Bruins got into the holiday spirit on Friday afternoon, as they came together for the team's annual toy shopping event at Walmart to purchase gifts for children who will spend the holidays in the hospital.

The event began when Hall of Famer Ray Bourque was captain of the Bruins and has continued over the years, with Patrice Bergeron having spearheaded the event since 2010. The toy purchased - through donations by the Bruins' players and the Boston Bruins Foundation - will be delivered next week to over 600 children in hospitals around Boston.

"Just to be able to give back, we're in a good position to do so," said Bergeron, who brough his young son Zack along for the festivities. "Just try to have fun with it. It's obviously a great event - even more rewarding when you're able to get the toys, but also deliver them to different hospitals. It goes a long way."

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Bruins Announce Thanksgiving Initiatives Spearheaded By Zdeno Chara

B's captain will deliver $2,000 worth of pies to local shelters

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins announced today, November 19, that Zdeno Chara will continue the Bruins annual tradition of donating 400 pies purchased from Mike's Pastry in the North End for Thanksgiving and delivering them to local organizations on Thursday, November 22.

Chara will make stops at New England Center and Home for Veterans (17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108), St. Francis House (39 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116), Pine Street Inn (444 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118), Haley House (23 Dartmouth St., Boston, MA 02116), and Home For Little Wanderers (69 Alleghany St., Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120).

The best media opportunities for photos and video will be at Pine Street Inn.

In addition, Chara and the Bruins are encouraging fans to give back this Thanksgiving to those in need by donating $33 to benefit the Boston Children's Patient and Family Holiday Support Program, which helps families struggling with food insecurity this holiday season. Any fan who raises or donates more than $100 will receive an autographed Zdeno Chara 8x10 photo. 

Fans can donate by visiting https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/zdeno-chara.

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Willie O'Ree Community Rink Dedicated in Allston

Bruins help unveil street hockey rink in soon-to-be Hall of Famer's honor

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Patrice Bergeron didn't become one of the world's elite hockey players by accident. It took years of hard work and dedication throughout his childhood in Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec.

But not all of that development happened on the ice. Some of those skills were refined on the streets - or in the snow.

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Photos: 15th Annual Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament

Event marks beginning of new partnership with Special Olympics

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOLTON, Mass. - The 15th Annual Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament marked the unofficial start of the 2018-19 season, while also serving as the first event highlighting the new three-year partnership between BBF and Special Olympics Massachusetts.

The majority of the current Bruins roster, as well as roughly two dozen Black & Gold alumni, joined Special Olympics athletes for the festivities at The International on Tuesday.

Video: Foundation teams with Special Olympics at tournament

Check out some photos from the event. Credit | Steve and Brian Babineau:

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Boston Bruins Foundation, Special Olympics Join Forces

The partnership includes a $1 million pledge and aims to promote inclusion and health and wellness

by Riley Nelson @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - On the second level of TD Garden, tucked on the side of an upwards staircase near the Garden Pro Shop, is the brand-new Special Olympics exhibit. The display celebrates 50 years since the organization's founding in 1968 and was the backdrop on Tuesday to CEO of Delaware North's Boston Holdings Charlie Jacobs' announcement of a new partnership between the Boston Bruins Foundation and Special Olympics Massachusetts.

The Foundation pledges to donate $1 million to the Special Olympics over the next three years as part of an agreement that also includes promoting inclusion and overall health and wellness. This is the largest donation and philanthropic partnership by the Boston Bruins Foundation to any single charity to date.

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Photos: Fan Fest Tour Stops in Manchester

Donato, Grzelcyk, Sweeney mingle with fans during Day 2

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The 2018 Boston Bruins Fan Fest Tour rolled on Saturday afternoon with its second stop at Arms Park in Manchester, New Hampshire. Matt Grzelcyk made the trip from Portland for Day 2 and was joined by teammate Ryan Donato, as well as Bruins general manager Don Sweeney, assistant coach Kevin Dean, alums Rick Middleton and Andrew Alberts, and NESN analyst Andy Brickley.

See the best photos from the day's events:

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Bruins Fan Fest Tour Begins in Portland

Acciari, Grzelcyk join thousands at Hadlock Field

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

PORTLAND, Maine - The second annual Boston Bruins Fan Fest Tour kicked off on Friday afternoon at Hadlock Field in Portland, with thousands of fans flocking to the home of the Sea Dogs to mingle with Bruins players - past and present - and take part in a number of Black & Gold-themed activities.

Current Bruins Matt Grzelcyk and Noel Acciari were on hand, along with assistant coach Jay Pandolfo and alums Rick Middleton and Bruce Shoebottom, to sign autographs, take pictures, and participate in question-and-answer sessions with the fans.

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Bruins Foundation, Waltham First Responders Team Up

Donate $65,000 to One Mission

by Mark Garbino @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

WALTHAM - The Waltham Police and Fire Departments raised $65,000 for One Mission, a charity that assists children with pediatric cancer, through the 2018 BFit Heroes Cup Hockey Tournament, powered by National Grid. On Tuesday afternoon, alongside the Boston Bruins Foundation, they presented a check to the charity at Waltham City Hall, marking the largest donation to date from the tournament.

"One of the police officers that was helping us coordinate everything, he had done some work with One Mission in the past, so he had suggested it, and we kind of fell in love with the idea right away," said Waltham firefighter Don Hopkins. "We had met with them, and they were just unbelievable people, so it was a match made in heaven."

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Bruins Donate Street Hockey Equipment to Local Schools

$80,000 worth of Franklin gear distributed for 40,000 students in Boston

by Mark Garbino @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Hundreds of students at the James Condon Elementary School in South Boston were treated to an interactive press conference on Wednesday afternoon as part of the new partnership between the Boston Bruins and Boston Public Schools to support fitness in schools.

Through the Boston Bruins BFit School Assembly Program, the organization donated $80,000 worth of Franklin street hockey equipment to 80 elementary schools in Boston, providing 40,000 students access to new gear while teaching them about the importance of physical fitness, nutrition, and respecting their peers.

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