The Bruins were able to provide a day to remember for a community that has withstood such incredible hardship over the past few months.
Head coach Claude Julien and a number of B’s players spent Monday in Newtown, Conn., the site of December’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Children and families from the community were able to participate in a street hockey clinic and a number of other activities alongside Bruins players.
NESN’s Naoko Funayama was also on hand at the event and had the chance to speak with Sandy Hook vice principal Natalie Hammond, who was wounded during the shooting two months ago. Hammond will drop the opening puck before the Bruins’ home game against Montreal on March 3.
“It’s the best sound, it’s the best sound ever,” Hammond said over the din of children’s laughter. “We want to bring them to a place of knowing that world is a good place and a happy place and a fun place, like this, for them to be in. The hugs I’ve been getting today and the smiles and the laughter is really the best part of this.”
See much more from the Bruins’ visit to Newtown in the video above.