With the city of Boston currently in lockdown after an overnight hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects (two brothers, one of whom is confirmed dead while the police were still searching for the other, plus one additional suspect at the time this was posted), the Boston Bruins have announced on their official webpage that they and the Pittsburgh Penguins have cancelled their morning skates. They’re advising that they will provide further information on today’s scheduled events as they become available.
Just as the residents of Boston and surrounding areas have been instructed to remain in their homes, the Penguins have been advised to remain in their hotel according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The entire city will remain in lockdown until the suspects are in custody, so one can only assume that if the suspects are not caught by game time tonight the Penguins and Bruins will be unable to proceed with tonight’s scheduled game; however, there are much more important things to consider at this moment in time.
According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review, the Penguins arrived at the hotel in Boston last evening and are scheduled to leave tonight after the game. A few members of both teams were already at the Boston Gardens when the lockdown was issued before getting clearance to leave around 10 am.
If the game is played tonight as scheduled, the players from both teams will be wearing special commemorative patches on their jerseys to be auctioned off after the game. The Bruins’ patch to be the blue and yellow “Boston Strong” ribbon while the Penguins will be donning a “617” (one of Boston’s two area codes) patch. Proceeds from the auctions will be donated to “The One Fund Boston” (OneFundBoston.org), “whose purpose is to raise money to help those families most affected by the events at the Boston Marathon.” Special “Boston Strong” t-shirts will also be sold at the game. For more information on the events scheduled during tonights game, visit the offical Boston Bruins webpage.