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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

The Islanders' defenseman ventured to Schneider's Children's Hospital to gear up for the Holiday Season

The Islanders make their annual visit to local hospitals in December just before the Holiday Season, but Bruno Gervais decided to get a head start. Last week, Gervais traveled to Schneider Children's Hospital in New Hyde Park on one of his off-days to spread some pre-Holiday cheer.

Bruno stopped by a number of the hospital wings, where some of the kids were bed-stricken as they recovered from their various ailments.

One of the patients, two-year old Gwen, had just received a bone marrow transplant and was delighted to receive the various gifts from Bruno. She responded by smiling and blowing Bruno a kiss.

Another patient Bruno spent some time with was Delton, who was also located in the Bone Marrow Transplant unit. They bonded over wrestling. Delton taught Bruno how to make the patented "Rock" eyebrow-raise.

Bruno has a knack for learning new things while on his trips visiting kids on Long Island. Last year, during his visit to Schneider's Children's Hospital, Bruno gained knowledge of the Jewish Holiday, Chanukah. He continues to be a student of the world.

“You learn something new every day," said Gervais. "I am glad I was able to visit the children at the hospital today. "If I was able to put a smile on the face of a child and make them forget for only a second that they are in the hospital it was worth it. I look forward to visiting the children again in December.”

Click here to see a video on Islanders TV from last year's hospital visits by the Islanders.

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