Bruins compete in fourth annual Pucks and Paddles event – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) — Bruins players traded hockey pucks for sticks on Tuesday as they teamed up with fans for this year’s holding of their annual charity table tennis tournament.

The fourth Pucks and Paddles event at the House of Blues in Boston helped raise money for Special Olympics Massachusetts and the Bruins Foundation.

For some of the Bruins’ top players, the event was a fun way to support a cause that matters.

“I think it’s probably one of the games that the fans enjoy the most and one of the games that we enjoy the most,” Bruins forward Brad Marchand told reporters.

Players competed against talent from 98.5 the Sports Hub and a handful of lucky bidders in the tournament.

Fans also had the opportunity to meet their favorite players and get autographs.

“It’s always fun to share, especially with the kids,” Marchand said. “When we come out and see them, they have so much fun.”

“It’s always best to play and have fun, chat and take the time to get to know some of these kids and put a smile on their face,” said Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron.

The Pucks and Paddles program has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars since it started in 2018.

This week, players said giving back is something their team takes seriously.

“You want to give back to your community and get involved,” Bergeron said. “It goes far.”

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