Skating by at work
Imagine skating on the ice at the Garden and hanging out with the Stanley Cup-winning Boston Bruins. Now imagine doing that because your company has a really great in with the team.
At Hallmark Health Systems, that’s one of the privileges that comes with being the official health care provider for the NHL hockey team. The connection to the Bruins has meant great access to the team for employees at the health care organization, which caters to northern Massachusetts communities such as Lawrence and Melrose.
Earlier this year, staffers had the opportunity to skate at the TD Garden, the Bruins’ home ice. It was a real thrill for Dr. Neil Denbow, a Montreal native, who suited up in the opposing team’s dressing room before skating in the Garden. “Being someone who grew up in a hockey town, it was a big deal,’’ he said. “Then getting on the ice with my wife and my friends -- it was a lot of fun.’’
Employees have met some of their hockey heroes off the ice, too. When Bruins players Andrew Ference and Brad Marchand visited Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, and Daniel Paille visited Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, the athletes signed autographs, posed for pictures, and bantered with employees.