The Boston Bruins announced on Tuesday, June 3, that their Pucks & Pups 2014 Bruins Calendar raised $30,000 to benefit the MSCPA-Angell.

There is just something about hockey players with animals that can melt even the coldest of hearts. This past December the Boston Bruins released the Pucks & Pups 2014 Bruins calendar in which many of the Bruins players and some of the management were pictured with their own pets or some of MSPCA-Angell’s animals who were awaiting adoption.

bubbleslollipopWhile some of the Bruins’ pets are well known, it is likely that few fans of the Bruins knew, before the release of the calendar, that Dennis Seidenberg had two dogs, one of which is a French Bulldog named Bubbles Lollipop – no doubt a name picked by his children. Of course, this just made a lot of fans like him and the other Bruins featured in the calendar all the more.

And while it’s great to get to know the players a little better, even if it is in the form of their favorite furry and four-legged friends, the calendar had a very serious side to it. Some of the players, including Milan Lucic, were photographed with one of the homeless animals hoping for adoption through the MSCPA’s adoption services program. Fortunately, all those homeless animals highlighted in the calendar did find their “forever” homes.

In addition to calling attention to the plight of homeless pets who wait in one of the many adoption centers around the country, the sale of the calendar raised $30,000 dollars.

Seidenberg and Director of the Boston Bruins Foundation, Bob Sweeney, will present the check, one of the largest single donations to the MSCPA’s adoption centers this year, to the MSPCA-Angell at their Boston Adoption Center (350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA) on Thursday, June 5, at 9:00 a.m.

The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine, providing hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. The MSCPA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization that does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. And yet, each year it manages to offer a variety of services, including animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care.

The Boston Bruins Foundation is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to assist charitable organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. Since its inception in 2003 by the Jacobs family, it has raised more than $17 million through a series of fundraising events.

While much fun was had in photographing the players with their pets—and some tongue-in-cheek comments about who was Mr. June or Mr. September were made by those who purchased the calendars—many of the players feel strongly about the welfare of animals. This was a great way to help do something that would give the fans a little fun as well as perhaps some understanding about the plight of homeless animals.

A family historian by profession, Rhonda R. McClure has loved hockey since she was a child in New Hampshire. Any opportunity to combine her love of writing, hockey and research is something she looks forward to with much enthusiasm. She's been accused of seeking out shinny games when there are no other hockey events taking place. She is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research. Follow her on Twitter at @HockeyMaven1917.

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