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In hockey, teams at all levels participate in creative fundraising endeavors throughout not just the season, but the year. The Boston Bruins Foundation has been instrumental in the Boston community, with proceeds rolling in from events and rolling back out to benefit a variety of Boston area charities. Keeping with that tradition, the Boston Bruins participated in the seventh annual “Cuts for a Cause,” hosted annually by resident tough guy Shawn Thornton, and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

The event allows auction winners to shave the heads of their favorite players while raising money for the Shawn Thornton Foundation, Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.

It also unceremoniously marks the nearing of regular season close and gives players a fresh buzz heading into a playoff run. While player participation is far from mandatory, this year put up staggering roster numbers with 21 participants, marking it the highest in the event’s seven-year history.

The line-up included;  Matt Bartkowski, Patrice Bergeron, Johnny Boychuk, Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Jarome Iginla, Chad Johnson, Chris Kelly, Torey Krug, Milan Lucic, Andrej Meszaros, Kevan Miller, Adam McQuaid, Daniel Paille, Corey Potter, Dennis Seidenberg, Reilly Smith, and Carl Soderberg.

With team participation skating in at an all-time high, it seems only right that the amount of money raised would follow closely behind — a record $118,340, roughly $42,000 more than last year. All in good fun, and for a good cause, fans can hope that the only thing being swept will have been players hair as the team skates towards another run at bringing Lord Stanley back to Boston.

Cuts for a Cause Album

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Winter was hooked on hockey by age 6, when she first witnessed a bench clearing brawl between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators. Growing from hockey fan to hockey player, Winter followed her passions by founding The Pink Puck. While she also loves fashion and the outdoors, hockey will always be her center ice. Email: winter@thepinkpuck.com Twitter: @Winter_Adams

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