The Boston Bruins made a stop in Springfield Monday, as part of their 2018 Fan Fest Tour.
From noon to 4 p.m., fans were invited to join Boston Bruins players and coaches at the basketball courts at Forest Park, next to Cyr Arena. It was a sea of Bruins fans at Springfield’s Forest Park, as fans lined up for autographs, pictures, and hockey gear.
Bruins fans got to see some of their favorite players like Charlie McAvoy and a chance to sign up for Bruins Academy, Learn to Play, which includes being sized for your very own hockey gear and four weeks of ice sessions, at any of the 80 rinks throughout New England.
All for 100 bucks. A small price to pay for these fans.
“Because when you go to the games, their down on the ice and you’re up in the stands and its a lot harder to get access to them,” said Linda and Racicot of South Hadley. “So by coming here, you get access to them and that’s kinda cool.”
Bruins fans also helped raise money at Monday’s event.
By purchasing Gifford’s ‘power play fudge’ ice cream, a portion of proceeds will go towards the Bruins Foundation, which focuses on health, wellness, education, and athletics in the community.
The event was free and gave fans a chance to mingle with players, get autographs, participate in Q&A sessions, and even test their skills on synthetic ice rinks.
The six-stop tour makes stops in all New England states, with the mission to grow the game of hockey throughout the region.
To pre-register for the Springfield event, click here. On-site registration will also be available.
Remaining tour stops:
Friday, August 24: Weymouth, MA
Saturday, August 25: Hartford, CT
Sunday, August 26: Providence, RI