BOSTON (CBS) – Marc Savard will be back in Boston on Thursday, and the injured Bruins center is excited to return.
He won’t be hitting the ice, but his impact will go much deeper in the Boston area.
Savard is donating a TD Garden luxury suite to pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital Boston. He was scheduled to announce the donation at a news conference Thursday at the Garden, but that has been postponed with Savard stuck in Canada due to inclement weather.
Savard purchased the suite for every Bruins home game for the remainder of the 2011-12 season through the completion of the 2013-14 season with the focus on children suffering from the effects of head trauma from both a medical and psychological standpoint.
The suite will be complete with healthy food and goodie bags for each guest, as well as a visit from the Bruins mascot, Blades and the Bruins Ice Girls.
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Savard has not played in the NHL since January 2011 after suffering his second concussion in a 10-month span.
“Marc Savard understands firsthand the challenges faced by children suffering from the effects of head trauma from both a medical and psychological standpoint. The partnership with Marc Savard is an exceptional opportunity for Children’s Hospital Boston patients and their families to experience the thrill of a Bruins game at the generosity of this very special man,” said Beth Donegan Driscoll, Director of Child Life Services at Children’s Hospital Boston. “The Child Life Specialists at Children’s Hospital Boston are honored to work with Mr. Savard to select appropriate candidates for this uniquely Boston experience. With the help of individuals like Marc Savard we can and do make a difference in the lives of deserving children every day.”
Savard scored 207 career goals with 499 assists in 807 NHL games. He signed with the Bruins as a free agent in July 2006 and played 304 games with Boston, averaging a point a game.
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