The Army jacket passed around in the Bruins clubhouse was a symbol of toughness and greatness. Former Bruin Andrew Ference passed it to someone who symbolizes both of those.
Ference gave the jacket to 19-year-old Matt Brown, who was paralyzed from the chest down after sustaining a serious hockey injury in a hockey game in 2010.
"This jacket represents a lot of great things. I couldn’t think of a more worthy final recipient than you bud," Ference tweeted, adding Brown's Twitter handle and a picture of Brown with the jacket.
When he was 15, Brown was a sophomore at Norwood High School. During one of his hockey games, he fractured his C4 and C5 vertebrae in his neck and severely bruised his spinal cord. He has since graduated high school and attends Stonehill College.