WILMINGTON -- The Bruins had perfect attendance at Wednesday morning practice at Ristuccia Arena, and were only missing two defensemen (Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg) that aren’t expected back in the days ahead.
The Black and Gold even picked up a goaltender as nine year-old Maddie Santosuosso, of Topsfield, skated in her goaltending equipment as a member of the team, per her wish with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Santosuosso hung out with the team before and after practice, and had a pizza party with the Bruins in the team dressing room facility following the Wednesday skate. She is undergoing treatment at Mass General Hospital for stage 4 Sarcoma, a rare cancer of the tissues, and her wish was to suit up with the Black and Gold.
“It was great. I think the best thing about it is that it gave me a lot of joy to see her have a lot of joy,” said Lucic. “I think that was the main thing about it: seeing her have a lot of fun with it. It’s a big moment for her and a great experience, and it’s something we got to share with her. We’re happy and thrilled to be able to enjoy it with her, and now we’ve got a pizza party coming up. That was also part of her wish.”
The little goaltender met with Tuukka Rask a week ago, and was being shown around the locker room by the B’s goaltender after he handed her one of his signed sticks to take home along with the forever memories.
“It was great. I met her a week or so ago, and helped her pick out her gear,” said Rask. “I was pretty impressed how good she was for first time wearing all of that equipment. It’s always fun because you know it makes their day and makes their life a little easier in the midst of what they’re going through.
“It’s just too bad that we can’t do it more often because of how busy we are with our games. Every once in a while it brightens up our day, and their day too. I’m just happy to help.”
Here are the forward combos and D-pairings based on the morning practice otherwise known as Maddie’s very special day: