It was an off day for the Boston Bruins yesterday and what other way to spend it then to lend support to the Sandy Hook Elementary school?
Several players and Claude Julien rallied around Newtown after the unthinkable happened on December 14, 2012. Players included: Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Chris Bourque, Andrew Ference, Daniel Paille and Rich Peverley. Street hockey games were played, autographs were signed, photos were taken and laughs were shared to try and make the Sandy Hook survivors try to forget the tragic events that took place a little over two months ago.
Head coach Claude Julien immediately felt a connection to the community minutes into their visit.
“I really admire these people for what they’ve gone through,” he said. “It can’t be easy. At a season of the year when we should have been celebrating, we ended up having to mourn.”
Julien reiterated how the community has rallied together and how it is just a great gesture in a time of need.
“But this town is amazing, the way the people have shown their support for each other, how strong they are and the faith they have,” Julien said. “It’s pretty amazing. For me to be able to be part of this group and help them out the best way I can, this is extremely important to me.”
Chris Bourque also chimed in on the opportunity of visiting the Sandy Hook Elementary school.
“To come out here and play a little street hockey and see all these kids smiling and having fun, it’s great,” said Bourque. “This community has been through so much the last couple of months and I hope to maybe help them forget about the things that have happened for a little bit for a couple of hours. To see all these kids smiling and having fun, it’s great to be able to do this.”
Natalie Hammond, the lead teacher at Sandy Hook was wounded while protecting her students during the attack on Dec. 14th and could not thank the Bruins enough for their time.
“It’s amazing, the fact that the Bruins have taken a day out of their busy schedule to be here with us and to make our community excited and fun and happy really means a lot,” Hammond said. “It’s really incredible.”
Hammond reiterated that the Bruins were the heroes, but in the Bruins eyes and in the eyes of many, Hammond is one of the biggest heroes on that forgetful day.
Bruins Center Rich Peverley, like all of his teammates, stated he was happy to be there to try and heal the community.
“Anything we can do to bring a smile to people’s faces and make it a positive experience,” Peverley said.
Julien ended with a remark that brought smiles to the Newtown community even with the last leg of his team’s road trip to plan for.
“I have all the time in the world for these people,” said Julien.
Newtown is slowly healing and it has been with the help of each other.
Newtown will rise up once again and the Bruins made sure they helped the best way they could.