BOSTON (CBS) – Members of the Boston Bruins won’t be participating in an annual holiday event at local hospitals due to the mumps outbreak in the NHL.
The team announced on Friday that after consulting with doctors at local hospitals, the Bruins have postponed their annual toy delivery to hospitals throughout the city.
“While there are no known diagnoses of the mumps to Bruins players, and the organization has worked with their medical staff to take every precaution necessary, the team feels that it is best to err on the side of caution and not risk exposure to any pediatric patients,” the team said.
Multiple teams in the NHL have had players diagnosed with mumps in recent weeks.
Among the players who battled the contagious disease was Sidney Crosby, the star forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Though the Bruins were forced to cancel the toy delivery, $17,000 worth of toys were purchased on the players behalf by Bruins’ wives, girlfriends and alumni, the team said. The toys were bought at Target in Everett, and will be distributed Monday.
The team said it will work with Boston hospitals to rescheduled player visits for after the holiday season.
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