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  • ‘All in’ on Bruins Casino Night


    ‘All in’ on Bruins Casino Night

    Tim Rosenthal March 14, 2016
    Bruins Casino Night

    The Bruins held their fifth annual Casino Night on Saturday at the Westin Boston Waterfront to benefit the Bruins Foundation. (Photo by Tim Rosenthal, Bruins Daily)

    Even late in the season, anytime teams can get a break from the grind of an 82-game season it is a good cause to relax and exhale. After their 3-1 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday, the Bruins, with a few days off before the start of their California trip in San Jose, enjoyed a few hours of downtime with their fans at Casino Night to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.

    From the cards (blackjack and Texas hold ’em) to the roulette table and a roll of the dice in craps, the fans got up close with their favorite players. The Bruins, currently sitting in first place in the Atlantic Division, certainly appreciated their chance to interact with their loyal supporters at the Westin Boston Waterfront.

    “It’s a great event for our fans and our players,” Bruins Foundation Executive Director Bob Sweeney said. “You know, I think that they’re not just sitting at tables, they’re interacting with the crowd, and they get to play some table games, which I think they enjoy.”

    Bruins Casino Night

    Patrice Bergeron and Matt Brown share a special moment at Bruins Casino Night. (Photo by Tim Rosenthal, Bruins Daily)

    Certainly, the Bruins that attended had their fun at the tables.

    Whether it was Jimmy Hayes celebrating after a big win at roulette or craps or Dennis Seidenberg bowing out after a few unlucky hands at blackjack, the chance to take a few hours off and enjoy some downtime was certainly the most important part of their nights.

    “It’s a fun night for a good cause,” Seidenberg said. “Even better after a win [against the Islanders] especially after we played well.”

    Of course, no real money was on the line, but fans could cash their chips in at the end of the night for select prizes. The fifth annual event also included a raffle and silent auction.

    Win or lose, the Bruins and their season ticket holders came together to benefit a good cause. That was the most important thing for everyone involved.

    Bruins Casino Night

    Jimmy Hayes looks at his options at the roulette table. (Photo by Tim Rosenthal, Bruins Daily)

    “It’s great that we get a chance to get to know the fans and that they get a chance to get to know us,” said David Pastrnak just hours following his two-goal performance against the Islanders. “It’s a lot of fun and it’s for a good cause, so that’s the most important thing.”

    Casino Night will not be the last charity endeavor that the Bruins participate in before the end of the 2015-16 regular season. In a couple of weeks, Patrice Bergeron, 98.5 The Sports Hub, the Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center will team up for the ninth annual Cuts for a Cause that takes place on March 30th.

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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