Bruins give first responders shirts off their backs

Bruins give first responders shirts off their backs
April 22, 2013, 2:15 am
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BOSTON -- The Bruins were happy to take home a victory on Sunday over the Florida Panthers, and honored to hand their jerseys off to first responders and police officials in the annual “Shirts Off Their Backs” ceremony at TD Garden.

Normally the Bruins players give the jerseys to lucky season-ticket holders on Fan Appreciation Night in one of the last home games of the season, but inspiration struck this season in light of the Marathon Monday bombings. At the request of Bruins season-ticket holders, the signed autographed jerseys worn by the Bruins players during their game against the Panthers were given to first responders. It was truly a special moment, given that it was 100 percent prompted by the season ticket holders looking to recognize the public safety personnel that played such an important role in this week’s trying experiences.

It was an awesome spectacle given the tumultuous events of the last week, and certainly packed with plenty of emotion as several of the public safety officials were there representing fallen officers.

“The first thing those guys probably want to do is just go home and have some quiet time and collect their thoughts,” said Andrew Ference. “For them to get out yesterday for the Sox and today with this . . I’m glad that some of them were able to come and just see how much everybody appreciates them. From the teams to the fans, everybody wants to give back and just show our love for them. It was really great. Everybody stuck around and gave them such a great ovation, and it’s good. I’m happy for them so that they can see from people just how much they’re appreciated.”

Below is the list of the Bruins players and the first responders that received their jerseys:

Wade Redden                                     Kevin O’Connor, MIT Police Officer

Gregory Cambell                                Timothy Menton, Watertown Police Officer

Kaspars Daugavins                             James Plourde, Boston Fire Department

Milan Lucic                                        John Foley, Asst Special Agent in Charge of FBI

Nathan Horton                                   Lt. Eric Fowler, Beverley Fire Department

Tyler Seguin                                       Daniel Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of ATF

Daniel Paille                                       Scott Perkins, Beverly Fire Dept & BAA volunteer

Andrew Ference                                 Sgt Lucas Carr, US ASOC & Marathon Runner

Shawn Thornton                                 Michael Halloran, Beverly Fire Department

Chris Kelly                                         Rick and Dick Hoyt, Father & Son Marathon Team

Jay Pandolfo                                       Lt. Mark Horgan, State Police Department

Zdeno Chara                                       Miguel Colon, Watertown Police Department

Carl Soderberg                                    Bill Smith, MIT Police Officer

Anton Khudobin                                 First Sgt. Bernard Madore, Army National Guard

Patrice Bergeron                                 Joseph O’Connor, Supt. MBTA Transit Police

Tuukka Rask                                       Peter Vellucci, Cambridge Police Department

Matt Bartkowski                                 Jonathan Palm, Beverly Police Department

Dennis Seidenberg                              Christine Carr, Boston Police Department

Aaron Johnson                                    Randall Souza, Boston EMS Paramedic

David Krejci                                       Thomas Barrett, Boston Police Department

Rich Peverley                                     Eric Fairchild, State Police Department

Adam McQuaid                                  Lt. Mark Kowalski, Beverley Fire Department

Johnny Boychuk                                 Joseph Reynolds, Watertown Police Department

Brad Marchand                                   Dr. David King, Trauma Surgeon, MGH

Jaromir Jagr                                        Trooper Mark Spencer, Mass State Police