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Griffin Bouchard – Annual Holiday Skate with Rick Middleton

Griffin Bouchard – Annual Holiday Skate with Rick Middleton

To Benefit Boston Children’s Hospital and the Concussion Prevention Research Center

WHEN: DECEMBER 21, 2016 6:00 PM UNTIL 7:30 PM
WHERE: PINGREE RINK – HAMILTON, MA

\$10.00 SUGGESTION DONATION AT THE DOOR

PIZZA, REFRESHMENTS, RAFFLE PRIZES AND SKATING WITH RICK MIDDLETON AND BLADES THE BEAR

Griffin Bouchard Rick Middleton
Hamilton eighth grader Griffin Bouchard, right, is teaming up with Boston Bruins legend Rick Middleton, for his third annual Holiday Skate, Dec. 21 at the Pingree Rink in Hamilton. Courtesy photo


Griffin Bouchard is teaming up with Boston Bruins legend Rick Middleton once again, as they take a twirl around the ice, all for a great cause.

A Mile River School eighth grader, Bouchard will play host to his third annual Holiday Skate to benefit Boston Children's Hospital, Dec. 21 at the Pingree Rink in Hamilton from 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets are \$10, with all of the proceeds going to Boston Children's Hospital's Concussion Prevention Research Center.

The event has become a labor of love for Bouchard, and continues to grow each year.

"I am excited to be planning the holiday skate and look forward to seeing Rick Middleton again," said Bouchard, 13. "The Boston Bruins organization has been very supportive, including Bob Sweeney and the Bruins Foundation. There may also be some other special guests there as well this year."

The fun-filled event will feature raffle prizes and a chance to skate with Middleton. An NHL All-Star and the Boston Bruins fourth all-time leading scorer, 'Nifty' has been on hand the past two years giving the event added excitement and appeal.

"It looked like there were twice as many people there (last) year, so it's growing," said Middleton, after last season's shindig "For a young boys like (Griffin) to take the reigns and do that with the help of his parents, but (also the support of) the community, the youth hockey program and his school, it's starting to grow."

Pingree has donated the ice for the event. Additional sponsors include a bevy of local retailers including: Essex Pizza, Hamilton House of Pizza, Betsy Frost Designs, Seaport Grill, Lark Fine Foods, Cherry Farm Creamery, Pro Ambitions Hockey camps, and the Boston Bruins.

Bouchard has been amazed with the strong showing of support he has gotten from around the hockey community. Last year, Jordi Chapdelaine made him an honorary member of his North Shore Blades. Montreal Canadiens scout and former UNH and NHL alum Mark Mowers will also be adding his support. Bouchard has also raised additional funds through the Corey C. Griffin NHL Alumni Pro Am Foundation.

And as of last week, Cherry Farm Creamery has selected his charity to be part of their Ice Cream for Breakfast benefit, Feb. 4.

A Moulton Street resident, Bouchard was originally inspired to host the event two years ago as part of his Life Skills class, where he had to complete a service-learning project under the direction of Mrs. Petrucci. An avid hockey player, Bouchard was temporarily sidelined two years ago after having foot surgery at Boston Children's Hospital. Since that time he wanted to give back to the sport he loves and Children's Hospital, and the Holiday Skate was born.

"It has taken off from there," Bouchard said.

His first fundraiser raised \$1,700. Last year he raised the bar scoring almost \$6,000. This year's target goal is \$10,000, with all the proceeds going to Boston Children's Hospital's Concussion Prevention Research Center.

"I'm always surprised every year of how generous people are, and how much work goes into organizing a fundraiser," Bouchard said. "The NHL players, the Bruins organization and alumni are very generous with their time, even though they are very busy.'

Bouchard has been thrilled with the groundswell of support the last two years.

"I want to thank the hockey community and the extended Hamilton-Wenham community, my Agawam hockey team, the Hamilton-Wenham Middle School hockey team and my Boston Shamrocks hockey team for their continued support," he added. "I also want to tell parents and kids that if you have an idea for a fundraiser, with some work, you can make a difference in your community and in the lives of people less fortunate."

Griffin Bouchard will host his third annual Holiday Skate with Rick Middleton, Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the Pingree Rink in Hamilton from 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets are \$10, with all of the proceeds going to Boston Children's Hospital's Concussion Prevention Research Center. To donate visit: http://bit.ly/2hb5KIq

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