Shortly after the Bruins blanked the Edmonton Oilers Saturday afternoon 4-0, they headed to the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel to host their annual Casino Night.
Casino Night gives Bruins fans a chance to play casino games like Blackjack, Roulette and Craps with their favorite Bruins players. All proceeds of the event were donated to the Bruins Foundation.
The event was a blast for the fans, but the Bruins’ players seemed to be enjoying themselves just as much.
Some players were having better luck on the tables than others
“Yeah it was, I was doing great” said Brad Marchand. “But it seems every time I step away to do an interview, I’m brutal and I’m losing all my money.”
“When you’re as bad of a player as I am, at these different, blackjack or whatever there is no luck involved. It’s just; I put down chips and see what happens” said forward Gregory Campbell.
For those of you who have watched any of NESN’s “Behind the B,” you know how competitive Marchand is. Whether it’s cards, or their pregame round of soccer, Marchand claims to be the best at everything, well except poker.
“Yeah, well I am phenomenal at schnarps, I’m by far the best player on our team, but I’m not very good at poker, I’ve never played craps before but I’m making it rain out there on the card table, just saying” added Marchand.
We all know how smart hockey players are on the ice, but we had to ask which Bruin would be most likely to hit on 17.
“After what I saw today, Bergy would never hit on anything higher than 14. Maybe Bartkowski, he’s an odd bird” said a smiling Marchand.
“Oh jeez, Looch, yeah Lucic” said Iginla.
Speaking of Iginla, Saturday’s Casino Night is not the first time he has done something like this during his NHL career.
“You know we did have a casino night for a few years it started and it was fun too, but it was a poker, a big poker thing” added Iginla.
“But it was fun, it’s fun to get out and be part of the charity event and raise money for the foundation and do it while we are doing something different and having some fun with everybody coming together while having a good night out.”
It was a great night for everyone involved, and an even better night for the Bruins Foundation. For Campbell, credit has to be given to the people behind the scenes.
“They’re all pretty well run; a lot of work goes into it that people don’t see. A lot of credit to the people who organize this first of all, second of all it’s for a great cause. I think we are lucky that we get to come out here and share some time with all these other people who volunteer their time to give back to the foundation as well” said Campbell.
At the end of the night the Bruins honored Sam Berns who recently lost his battle to Progeria earlier this month. The team honored Sam with an emotional video tribute and a special presentation by Zdeno Chara to Sam’s aunt, Audrey Gordon.
A portion of the night’s proceeds went to the Progeria Research Foundation.