The Boston Bruins are currently battling for their playoffs lives, sitting just one point behind the Ottawa Senators for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With a postseason berth within reach, all of their energy and focus would presumably be on the ice. Yet on Tuesday afternoon, Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington, MA was void of any Bruins – following the lead of Assistant Captain Patrice Bergeron, the entire team headed to the barber shop.
Bergeron, in partnership with Toucher and Rich of 98.5 The Sports Hub, hosted the eighth annual “Cuts For A Cause” at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Bruins fans had the opportunity, through a charity auction, to meet the Boston players in an hour-long VIP session, and then shave the head of their favorite hockey stars. All proceeds benefitted the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.
This was Bergeron’s first time hosting the event, a duty that was relinquished by Shawn Thornton after he signed with the Florida Panthers. It was also the first time that the entire Bruins roster participated in the event.
“It’s fun, it’s easy to do, I think it’s great to have all the guys,” said Bergeron. “It’s just getting bigger and bigger and it’s amazing that we’ve been able over the years, to raise $500,000.”
In the first seven years of the event, the Bruins players were able to raise more than $360,000 for charity. With the increased support from the entire roster, however, they were able to generate a record $130,027 at this year’s event alone.
The group haircutting session saw fans pack into the Boston Park Plaza, all eager to watch the hockey players lose their prized mullets. In a sign of solidarity for the children fighting cancer that the initiative supports, shedding their longs locks was a great symbolic gesture by the players. As many players noted, their looks are less important than the cause.
“You know what? It doesn’t matter,” said David Pastrnak. “Everybody did it, all of our guys, so we’re going to all look the same – some might look worse, some might look better, you know? And it’s for a good thing.”