Artists typically sign their own pictures, but Kristen Trefry didn't mind having an extra autograph on her drawing of Patrice Bergeron.
The Boston Bruins surprised Trefry on Friday, posting a video of Bergeron signing a drawing she did of him as part of Bruins Fansgiving, a daylong campaign where Boston honored some of its fans.
"The whole thing was very surprising to me, but has made me incredibly happy because nothing like this has happened to me before," Trefry told NHL.com. "The interaction means so much to me."
Trefry, 28, has been a Bruins fan since she was 5 and has been drawing for almost two decades. She's been doing portraits of hockey players for the past eight years, including the drawing of Bergeron, which caught the Bruins' eye when she tweeted it Jan. 18.
"I was becoming even more interested in the game, going to Bruins games whenever I could get there," Trefry said of how she got started drawing pictures of hockey players. "I'm not sure it started with me being inspired as much as it was just two things I really loved coming together in drawing and hockey."
Trefry, who graduated from Bridgewater State University with a degree in art and concentration in graphic design, can do a picture like Bergeron's in just a few weeks, but she does not just draw Bruins. Her Instagram feed features pictures of other prominent Boston athletes, like Julian Edelman, David Ortiz and Paul Pierce, along with forwards Charlie Coyle of the Minnesota Wild, Boone Jenner of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers.
Drawing and hockey both have been helpful for Trefry as she battles anxiety. She's even committed to drawing at least one player from each team, dubbing it the 2017 NHL Drawing Project. It is all part of one fan's mission to combine her love of hockey and art.
"I've always wanted to try drawing at least one player from each NHL team," Trefry said. "No matter what the interaction involving my drawings has been, it was always be something that makes me very happy.