Much like the Bruins did in 2016, a select few players will be returning to China for a 10 day trip to promote the game of hockey. This year will include Torey Krug (D), Tuukka Rask (G) and David Pastrnak (F) for a second time. The trip will also include former Bruin Hal Gill and members of the team’s Corporate Partnership and Youth Development teams. Highlights of the trip include a grand opening of a new hockey facility as well as numerous hockey clinics.
The Bruins were the first NHL team to make major inroads towards building the sport of hockey in Asia, launched primarily by their partnership with O.R.G. Packaging in 2015. O.R.G. is a large scale professional packaging corporation that started primarily in the food and beverage industries before expanding into various other ventures including package design, R & D and packaging for the tech industry.
In addition to the promotional trips to China, the partnership aims to “strengthen the connection between the Bruins and the local Chinese community in New England”. The Bruins also hosted Chinese youth players locally, including a Chinese Cultural Night that hosted various youth players. The partnership runs through the 2020-2021 season. More information can be found in the video below or on the Bruins website.