It’s About the Hair: Bruins, Hurricanes Step Up for Charity; NHL Announces Poker Event

The Boston Bruins are shaving their heads for charity, while the Carolina Hurricanes are growing beards for charity. Considering geography, you would think it would be other way around, but if it’s for charity… Also, the NHL announced its charity component to its annual awards event in Vegas.

Boston Bruins: NECN.com reported that about a dozen members of the Boston Bruins “took part in the ‘Cuts for a Cause’ charity event” April 8 in Boston to benefit the Mass General Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic.

Bruins D Adam Ward “helped organize the event,” and said that “giving up a lot of hair (and a little blood) was the least they could do for kids who are going through the fight against cancer.”

Four cancer patients “were on stage ‘assisting’ with the cuts” (NECN.com, 4/8).

Carolina Hurricanes: The Carolina Hurricanes will institute the Hurricanes Beard-a-thon program for the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Fans are invited to participate in the fundraising effort, growing their own playoff beards to help raise money for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

Carolina Hurricanes Director of Community Relations Doug Warf: “As we have shown, we have some of the most passionate fans in the league. The Beard-A-Thon gives our fans a chance to combine their passion for our team on the ice with our off-ice fundraising efforts” (Carolina Hurricanes).

The League: The NHL announced April 6 that the League will be staging a celebrity/pro athlete charity poker tournament June 17 in Las Vegas, in conjunction with the 2009 NHL Awards event.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: “For years there has been a charitable component to the Awards program. I am pleased to announce today that the NHL will team with Pokerstars.net and the NHL Players’ Association to present [the poker tournament] in connection with the 2009 NHL Awards.”

The event, which does not currently have a TV partner, will include NHL players, NHL alumni and celebrity guests. The format will be the popular No Limit Texas Hold’em familiar to television viewers (NHL).