By Rylie Burns
Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman paid tribute to the Lewiston community after the B’s win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
The Alaskan native played for the Maine Black Bears for three years and took home Hockey East Player of the Year honors before starting his professional career.
“That was a special win for the Lewiston local community,” said Swayman in an interview with NESN’s Andrew Raycroft. “My heart reaches out to all those affected. I consider myself a Mainer. And the people up there did not deserve anything like that. And I just hope that they understand that they’re not alone and we’re all thinking of them — and we love them.”
The Bruins have held several tributes and fundraisers to honor those who were affected by the tragic events.
Swayman had a customized Bruins sweater placed on the Bruins bench that features Maine’s area code of 207 with the words “Lewiston Strong”. The B’s created a fund to support the families of those affected by the shootings. Members of the Bruins as well as the Anaheim Ducks are auctioning off signed sticks wrapped with blue tape to represent the state of Maine.