Well, it’s about that time of year again. While youngsters are preparing to collect mounds of candy as their favorite character and chicks everywhere are making even the most boring objects and daily professions skank-tastic (which I’m not complaining about by any means), the Boston Bruins are making their annual trip to Children’s Hospital in Boston to spread some Halloween cheer. I use’ cheer’ loosely of course, because if the past has taught us anything, it’s that oversized hockey players in ridiculous costumes can actually be quite horrifying.
This year Reilly Smith, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton made the trip across town. Reilly Smith, considering he looks like a 12-year-old anyways, was relatively normal looking as Buzz Lightyear. And to Bartkowski’s credit, he legitimately looks like a pirate.
And then there is Dougie Hamilton.
Dougie, all 6’5″ and 210 lbs. of him, opted for the giant baby costume this year, a giant ginger baby to be exact. I’ll defer to the female Bruins fans on this one, but I don’t think Hamilton would be at the top of the ‘Best Looking Bruins’ list as it is, but in this thing, he certainly wins the ‘Definitely Scared At Least One of the Kids He Was Visiting’ award.
While not quite on Zdeno Chara level, the unkept ginger fro and facial scruff, complete with giant binky, is frightening. But I’ll let you be the judge, here was Chara in 2011.
That costume is the stuff nightmares are made of, especially since his ears are straight out of Donnie Darko. Plus look at the little girl in the picture, she’s clearly not having any of it (though to her credit, Jordan Caron is present as well, and he is scary looking without a costume).
So while Dougie hasn’t quite unseated Big Z for the best ‘Ability to Make Normally Cute Things Scary,’ it’s no longer a one horse race. In fact next year I propose a head-to-head matchup, Hamilton v. Chara for the undisputed title.
In all seriousness though, the Bruins organization once again going above and beyond for the kids at Children’s is awesome. As much fun as the fans (and I’m sure the players) have with it, every time we see the guys doing things like this it really does seem to bring smiles to these kids’ faces (except that one girl), and God knows they need it the most. I know all pro organizations do things like this, but the Bruins and hockey players in general always seem to be the most willing to continue these traditions, so you have to give them a lot of credit. Well done as usual.
The B’s are prepping to face the Pens and Ducks in a Wednesday/Thursday back-to-back, so we’ll have more of a preview tomorrow. Loui Eriksson apparently made an appearance at practice today which is a good sign, though he didn’t skate and Claude Julien said that he doesn’t expect Eriksson back on the ice this week. Stay tuned.