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The Hub of Hockey Hits the Harbor

by Hannah Goldman / Boston Bruins

A view of the Boston skyline from the Boston Bruins Foundation Harbor Cruise. (Photo: Beth Anthony)

Boston, MA -- Nearly 500 fans of the Hub of Hockey hit Boston Harbor Tuesday night, July 29th for the Boston Bruins Foundation’s annual Harbor Cruise. Over $12,000 was raised in support of the Boston Bruins Foundation Bike Team.

The cruise was the last of a series of fundraising events this month that the Boston Bruins Foundation have hosted to support their 2008 Pan-Massachusetts Challenge. All net proceeds from the event benefited the Bruins Bike Team that will ride in the PMC this weekend, August 2-3.

Rick Middleton and Bob Sweeney. (Photo: Beth Anthony)
A surprise visit from Reggie Lemelin highlighted a Bruins alumni cast that included Rick Middleton, Terry O’Reilly, Bob Sweeney and current Director of Hockey Operations and Player Development Don Sweeney.

They joined fans from around New England to head out to sea with the Bay State Cruise Lines aboard the Provincetown for a night of fun and entertainment by Jim Plunkett.

Anticipation was high. The Provincetown was set to leave at 6:30 p.m. and at 5:45, the line of fans waiting to get on the boat was already 50 yards long. After the Bruins Ice Girls adorned each “sunset sailor” with a festive lei, the fans next stop were either the raffle table or the bar. The Foundation was raffling off a number of items ranging from signed hockey sticks and jerseys to an AT&T Blackberry Curve. There were also silent auction items that the fans were able to bid on once the boat got moving.

With raffle tickets and beverage in hand, they migrated to the upper deck where the breeze was blowing on a perfect summer’s eve. It looked like the Hub was going to be in for a beautiful sunset over Boston’s skyline.

After a little while of mingling, Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Development Bob Sweeney got on the microphone to get things rolling. After assuring the crowd that he was not the entertainment for the night, he briefed the attendees on the auction and raffle details, welcomed the alumni in attendance and introduced the entertainer, local party legend Jim Plunkett.

Plunkett kept the energy going the whole night. He got everyone in the mood by a little game of “Name that Tune.” And from there, the crowd knew they were in for a fun time.

At just about 8pm, the boat’s bow was looking out into the vast Atlantic Ocean and from the stern, everyone was watching the blazing orange sun plunge down behind the cityscape. Hollywood could not have painted a prettier picture.

A crowded boat made for a great time. (Photo: Beth Anthony)
With attention turned once again to Bob Sweeney, the live auction commenced.

One of the best prizes was a package of four suite tickets for a Bruins game, dinner at Legends, and a Zamboni ride. Another prized item was tickets to the Eagles July 30th at the TD Banknorth Garden.

As the boat docked and the night came to a close, Terry O’Reilly words upon boarding the boat three hours prior put the night into perspective,

“It’s a really nice social event anyways for anyone who has the chance to come into the city of Boston and go out on the Harbor for a three hour cruise and watch the sun set over the skyline,” he said. “But when you can do it and help raise money for cancer research, everybody wins!”

If you would like more information on donating to the Boston Bruins Pan Mass Challenge Bike Team, click here.
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