Just two weeks after Hurricane Harvey travelled through the gulf to make landfall in Texas, Americans in the most southeastern state had to prepare for another tropical cyclone, Hurricane Irma.
On Saturday, the Florida Panthers twitter account released this tweet:
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) September 9, 2017
Yes, Florida Panther players would team up with Boston Bruins players to collect donations for hurricane relief efforts at a Red Sox game. Of courseformer Bruins and current Panther’s front office guy, Shawn Thornton was in on the action. There’s nothing saying that he set this up but it does sound like a Thorty thing, right? And since the Panthers players were moved up north due to the storm to be nearer their AHL affiliate in Springfield, it seemed like the right thing to do.
Current players from both hockey franchises and former Red Sox players all got in on the charitable action:
Bruins: Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Noel Acciari, Kenny Agostino, Paul Postma, Brandon Carlo
Panthers: Shawn Thornton (VP of Business Affairs), Aaron Eckblad, Derek MacKenzie, Mike Matheson, Alex Petrovic, Mark Pysyk, James Reimer, Colton Sceviour, Vincent Trochek, Keith Yandle
Red Sox: Joe Kelly, Deven Marrero, Blake Swihart, Keith Foulke,
Rays: Steve Cishek, Jake Odorizzi
Alls I know for sure is this: how could you resist giving to these guys at the gate?
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) September 10, 2017
Zdeno Chara explained why he and others took part.
“Unity – we just want to help out, we want to show how much we care about other states. I think it goes a long ways,” said Chara. “Teams came together. [It] doesn’t matter [that] we’re going to be competing in the season…right now is the time to help out…”We know we can only do so much,” said Chara. “But every little bit is hopefully going to [make] a difference to the families and those who are most affected by the hurricane.”
The Boston Bruins Foundation will match the amount collected which will go to the Red Cross for the southern Florida relief efforts.