Tonight, as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden, the Lightning show their support for those affected by the terrible tragedy that was the Boston Marathon Bombing. Each of the Bolts players will be wearing helmets adorned with a special Boston Strong ribbon decal. After the game, each of the helmets will be autographed by their respective player and then auctioned off on NHL.com.
The proceeds from the auction will benefit The One Fund Boston.
Many Lightning players have ties to the Boston area. One of those is center Alex Killorn. Killorn spent four years in the area while playing collegiate hockey for Harvard University.
Earlier today, Alex Killorn told the media his feelings going into tonight.
You know, as players we play hockey, but there are bigger and more important things going on in the world, so when you take a step back to show your support it certainly helps,” the Lightning forward said. “The city itself and the people of Boston, they’re strong enough to stand on their own after something like this, but tonight we’ll let them know that we stand united and that we’re behind them.”
Another player with ties to the Boston area is Lightning left wing Benoit Pouliot, who spent last season with the Boston Bruins. He had nothing but good things to say when asked about his experience there.
I loved it there and had a great experience,” Pouliot said. “I know it will be tough at first, but I think the people of Boston will really appreciate it. It’s a nice gesture to do and I’m glad we’re doing it.” ~ via Lightning Beat Reporter Peter Pupello
Personally, I am happy that the Lightning are showing their support. While we may be rivals on the ice, off the ice, we are one big hockey family, and we need to stand together in the face of opposition.
As I mentioned before, these special helmets will be available for auction after the conclusion of tonight’s game. All proceeds benefit The One Fund Boston. For more information, or to bid on one of the helmets, please visit www.nhl.com.