With unimaginable pressure leading into game 6 tonight with his team facing elimination down 3-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks, Flyers forward Danny Briere still manages to keep it all in perspective.
The community-driven veteran acquired valuable game 6 luxury box tickets for a group of children currently receiving cancer treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“I’ve been extremely lucky. I am doing what I love to do, and playing in a series every hockey player dreams of,” Briere told the media. “I wanted to share this moment, not only with my friends and family, but with a few kids that are in a need of a reason to smile.”
“Sure, I’m fighting a battle on the ice, but it is nothing compared to the battle these kids are up against,” Briere said. “The least I can do is give them a chance to be in a place where they don’t have to think about their next chemo treatment. Tonight, they are just kids…and more importantly, Flyer fans.”
Suffering from a minor injury concern of his own, Briere received a nasty cut under his right eye in game 5, due to a high stick from Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith, that required stitches and swelled his eye close. However, the 32-year old says he’s ready to play.
“I’ve had to deal with a lot worse,” Briere said. “I won’t feel it when I play.”