While the Boston Bruins hockey season came to an end, that doesn’t mean that everyone is off on vacation. The players are recovering, recuperating and before long will start their off-season early exercising as they begin to prepare for training camp in September. And while the players are doing that, the Bruins Foundation is continuing to hold events and make donations.

The next major event is the annual Boston Bruins Harbor Cruise, which will take place on Wednesday, July 23. This event is designed to raise money for the 2014 Boston Bruins Foundation Pan-Massachusetts Challenge Bike Team. The Bruins Foundation has partnered with the Bay State Cruise Lines and Bruins fans will set sail aboard the M/V Provincetown II cruise ship.

The three-hour cruise offers fans the opportunity to experience the beauty of Boston while enjoying dancing and the fun-filled music of Boston’s Digger Dawg. And while enjoying the music, view of Boston and fun, Bruins fans will also have the opportunity to interact with Bruins alumni, including Executive Director of the Boston Bruins Foundation, Bob Sweeney.

The Boston Bruins Foundation Pan-Massachusetts Challenge Bike Team is important to many of those involved with the Boston Bruins Foundation. The team bikes to help raise money as part of the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge. All the money raised by the riders is donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. And in the past, riders of the Boston Bruins Foundation team have included cancer survivors.

The Pan-Mass Challenge is a two-day, 190-mile bike route, which runs from Sturbridge to Provincetown, Massachusetts. Many teams participate, with many of the participants riding in memory of someone who lost their battle with cancer or to show support for someone currently brazing their personal war against cancer.

This is a 21+ event and valid identification is required prior to boarding. Tickets are available for $30. Once on board there are often items for sale to further benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and there is usually a very special auction with some great items of Bruins memorabilia.

To purchase tickets to this year’s Harbor Cruise, click here.

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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