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Bruins don 'Toy Story' costumes for annual trip to children's hospital

Bergeron, Pastrnak, Krug, among players who cheered up kids in Boston

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron was not in a rush to take off his Buzz Lightyear suit, in fact he thought he might wear it home to surprise his kids.

Buzz Lightyear, after all, is Zack Bergeron's favorite character from the "Toy Story" franchise.

"I was pretty happy with it," Bergeron said of getting to play Buzz on Monday. "That's my son's favorite character. So I'm glad I was able to pick him. I'll probably show up [at home] like that. I won't take it off and go home in it. He's going to have a kick out of it."

Bergeron had donned the costume as part of the Boston Bruins' ninth-annual Halloween trip to Boston Children's Hospital. The theme this year was "Toy Story 4," with Woody (Danton Heinen), Rex (David Pastrnak), Forky (Matt Grzelcyk), Jessie (Charlie Coyle), Hamm (Brandon Carlo), Mr. Potato Head (Torey Krug) and an alien (Charlie McAvoy) alongside Buzz for the festivities. 

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Last season the Bruins went as superheroes, with Bergeron playing the role of Batman.

"Kids have always been very important to me, but now that I'm a dad of my own, it's even more so," Bergeron said. "It makes you understand and appreciate everything that they do for your life and how much they mean to you. So this is very easy for us to come here and spend a few hours of our day and brighten up some of those kids' days and have fun with it."

The Bruins arrived at Children's Hospital in the afternoon, greeted patients in the lobby then later headed up to visit patients in their rooms.

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"We always just wish for health for our own children, coming here, seeing what a lot of these kids are going through, it's tough," Krug said. "To do any little thing to put a smile on their face is obviously part of our duties as professional athletes."

Diane Langguth, 12, was one of those who got to meet the Bruins and take photos with them. Langguth, who spent 124 days at the children's hospital while undergoing a liver transplant, was back for her 18-month wrap-up visit Monday.

"I like all of them," Langguth said. "I liked Jessie, but I liked Hammy too. I had a liver transplant when I was here and it was really, really tough. All the dogs and all the people came and the basketball players and all of them came and it was just lovely to see them."

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