On Sunday, the Bruins hosted their first Boston Bruins Foundation Casino Night at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston.
For fans it was a once in a life time (or perhaps once in a season chance) to see the entire team in a forum that wasn’t held on ice.
“It’s a fun night with the guys and the fans; a different version of the charity events that we normally get to participate in which is cool,” said Bruins forward Tyler Seguin.
Like many foundation events of the past Bruins fans got an up close encounter with their favorite stars and like many events of the past fans got to face-off against players in a variety of games. But unlike the past the stakes were a bit higher with the casino format. With $1000 in pretend chips; games such as blackjack, Texas Hold em’, craps and roulette filled the room with players jumping in on the fun at different tables.
“It’s great to interact with the fans,” said Bruins forward Brad Marchand. “You know they support you all year so it’s nice to get to see what they’re like.”
Along with the games the night featured both a silent and live auction and of course a raffle similar to the fan favorite 50/50 that you see at games.
While the night was centered around fun and games it also touched upon the Bruins Foundation itself and how it strives to help members of the community who are often faced with unfavorable circumstances. Attendees heard a moving speech from a guest speaker. A former hockey player and current college student who has had many physical setbacks occurring in the last few years. The foundation has lent not only monetary but emotional support to aid in his recovery.
“To see a young man with such a positive outlook on life and to see how the foundation has helped him; it makes me even happier to be part of the event,” said Bruins fan Richard Wright.
All of the proceeds from the casino night benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.
While casino night was the main event; players were quick to lend a few thoughts about the upcoming road trip. Excitement was prevalent throughout the team; but along with excitement the reality of importance was on the mind.
“It’s a big trip for us, to see where we stand,” said Bruins forward Michael Ryder. “Every point is important but it gives us a chance to move up in the standings.”
“It’s getting close to the playoffs and the games count way more than they did before,” Bruins forward David Krejci added about the trip. “Ten days is a long trip but its important so yeah, I’m excited.” said Bruins forward David Krejci.
Perhaps a little bit of fun before heading out for Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa (again) is exactly what the doctor ordered.