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B’s show support for those affected by Boston Marathon bombings

Apr 17, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins — along with TD Garden, the NHL, and the NHLPA — have pledged $250,000 to The One Fund, which has been created to help those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

“Our family has been touched by the heroic moments of so many individuals and the strength and resiliency of this community to stand together in solidarity in support of those who were injured and those who lost their lives in this unimaginable tragedy,” said Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs in a release. “On behalf of our entire family, we pledge our unwavering support to this community as the process of healing begins.”

The Bruins host the Sabres tonight (on NBCSN) in the city’s first major-league sports event since Monday’s explosions. (You can watch the game live online here.)

According to the club, B’s players and team staff have combined to donate 80 tickets to first responders, including Boston Police, Massachusetts State Police, Firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

Players from both teams will also wear ‘Boston Strong’ decals on their helmets during the game.

Finally, Bruins forward will Brad Marchand will be raffling off his own TD Garden suite for the team’s first home playoff game, with all proceeds benefiting the Richard family of Dorchester, whose 8-year-old son Martin was killed in the explosions.

“Our whole team saw the photos of Martin at our game from last Thursday and learned that he and his family are big fans of ours,” said Marchand. “This is just one small gesture which I hope can help the Richard family during this incredibly sad time for them. What they are going through is unimaginable and we will try to assist them in any way we can.”

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  1. modellforprez - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    every time i see this kid i just cant get over what happened. i have a little 5 year old and my heart bleeds pain for his family. his dad was running in the marathon and he was there watching him. as a parent i know this dads gonna carry guilt forever. NOT saying the mom wont its just all that i heard and read was that the little guy was there watching his father race. God Bless the U.S and all those affected.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      My heart broke when saw this picture. I have a 5-year-old boy as well, and he has plenty of Canucks jerseys. His sister has lost a leg, and his mom has a brain injury. It’s an enormous hit for this family who look to be the quintessential American family. Marchand is taking the lead, and doing something good here. I can’t help but admire him for doing that. Hopefully, the Bruins organization continues to support the family.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      My boy is 10 and I feel the same way. God bless them all. And to the one D-bag who was stupid enough to give you a “thumbs down”, go to H-E -double hockey sticks!!!

  2. xblade45x - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Ugh… Couldn’t imagine So sorry for their loss… A parents worst nightmare. Not a Bruins fan but you can’t help but applaud them and Machand.

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Marchand and the entire bruins players and staff are stand up people. My wife and I were talking about this kid yesterday and how he was a bruins fan. We were both really sad thinking about it. Then she said “at least he got to see the Bruins win the cup”. Im sure that was one of the greatest moments of this child’s life.

    Get a win tonight for the city and the people of Boston.

  4. jpelle82 - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    some of these people may never work again not to mention even walk. they will be maimed for life and left without a means to provide for themselves and their family. i hope the money goes to whom its supposed to and quickly. i’m glad to see a private entity like the nhl or a charity be involved as a stopgap – helping these folks quickly rather than them waiting and wading through the red tape and bureaucracy of the fed like our vets and 9/11 1st responders. proud to be a hockey fan.

  5. jeff2000m - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    If only i could get my hands around the throat of the piece of s*** that clicks the “thumbs down” on ANY of the generous and thoughtful posts from various fans from around the nhl.. Im from Boston and any one of us Bostonians would love to get a hold of u pathetic imbeciles.

  6. imleftcoast - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    If you can’t put aside your nationality or team affiliation when you see that picture of Martin smiling at Bruins warm up, you need to sit down and re-think your priorities. If you’ve gone through something like this, it hits you hard, and it never really stops affecting your life.

  7. blackhawksdynasty - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    These pathetic wastes who give thumbs down in situations like these should be ashamed of themselves. In a way, I almost feel sorry for them. It must suck to be that heartless and shallow. Just too bad….

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