Tom Kazukynas is a longtime RMNB reader. Several members of his extended family recently went to Bears-Sound Tigers game. He sent this writeup and shared these photos in an email below.
As the Capitals and Rangers faced off on Rivalry Night Wednesday, the Hershey Bears took on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in a semi-rivalry matchup just 60 miles up the road in Connecticut. The Bears ultimately dropped the game, losing 3-1, but in the meantime Mr. Olympian Chris Bourque continued his campaign to impress his fanbase with a surprise giveaway and signing for a young fan.
Midway through the second period of the game, Bears head trainer Dan “Beaker” Stuck noticed a few fans wearing Caps jerseys just behind the bench. He called them over and handed up a game used stick from Chris Bourque.
After also getting a puck in warm-ups from Liam O’Brien, the kids wanted to see if they could meet the players after the game.
After hanging around the team bus for a few, Capitals 2016 draft pick Lucas Johansen showed up and was asked if Chris is around. Like a good rookie, he went up and found Bourque on the bus and he was kind enough to take the time to talk with the kids and sign his stick and the puck.
Bourque was told “we’re excited to see you in the Olympics soon!”
He responded, “We will find out soon.”
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