Skate with the Providence Bruins
This past Tuesday, Little March and I went down to the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence to "skate" with the Providence Bruins (who are 30-7-2-1 by the way). This is one of the two "meet the player" events that the Providence Bruins put on each year for season ticket holders.
Little March asked MONTHS ago if she could do the "skate party" this year. So the time came and we headed down.
For one hour you are on the ice with all the players (no sticks/pucks etc) and about 150 or so other fans. Its very laid back with the jumbo tron showing highlights, music playing and just overall good times.
One of the really great parts (actually the best) is the fact the guys "get it". Meaning they do three sessions like this and seem to enjoy it. They sign everything handed to them, smile, pose for pictures and are just "nice". Like I said, they get it, they are in a place where they'd love to get to the "big show" so why not enjoy it. They are a classy organization that does a lot for the fans, and if you do these things you may gain younger fans (ie the season ticket holders of the future). So, here are some pictures from the evening..nothing fancy for a series of reasons (camera is not the best, sometimes we were moving when a picture was taken etc). So check em if you want.
The Bruins have a lot of hope on this guy, his name is Tuukka Rask (pronounced TOO-Ka). He is a goalie they hope will be the starter/superstar for years to come. He has been up to the Boston Bruins a few times, but the goal for this season was for him to get a lot of ice time with the Providence Bruins. When we met the players this fall, Tuukka was up in Boston, so it was nice to see/meet him this time.
This is Pascal Pelletier. He currently leads the Bruins in goals (and the whole AHL) with 24. Very friendly guy.
The guy wearing #2 is Matt Hunwick, he has been up to the Boston Bruins a few times this season.
By the end of the skate most players seem to gravitate towards the bench and watch the jumbo tron of highlights:
This picture is my favorite. Little March asked me if she could take pictures. She is not so good on skates but wanted to take pictures. She got over towards the bench and looked for players to take pictures of. The guys were chatting, then stopped, pointed at Little and posed: