"A sign of unity" Jr. Bruins play the Ukraine Select team

The Greater Boston Jr. Bruins 2010 Elite’s headed up to the Quebec International Peewee Hockey Tournament over the weekend. The Jr. Bruins have been a part of this tournament since it began in 1960. 

For 10 days, The Jr. Bruins live with billet families from Quebec and learn about their culture. This year's tournament is different than any other year that the Jr. Bruins have participated in. The tournament organizers invited a select team of Ukrainian refugees to compete in the tournament. Their team consisted of players who are currently living all over the world, but they all fled their home country of Ukraine during the Russian attacks. 

To open the tournament, the Greater Boston Jr. Bruins took on the Ukraine select team. They played in front of a packed crowd of over 18,000 in attendance. The Jr. Bruins and Ukraine Select team locked arms during the national anthem to symbolize unity and solidarity.  

Jr. Bruins Goalie, James Boccuzzi, was dominate in net keeping the Ukraine Select team scoreless through the first two periods of play. His teammate, Kai Ochi, opened the scoring in the third period. But, The Ukraine Select team finally got on the board with 4 minutes remaining in the game and then again with two minutes later. The nail-bitter of a game was capped off with an empty net goal and a final score 3-1 Ukraine Selects. 

This year's event was far more than a hockey tournament, this was an example of sportsmanship, humanitarianism, peace and unity within the sport was all love. This was a once in a lifetime experience for both the Junior Bruins and Ukraine Select team playing in front of a pack arena and for a cause much greater then hockey. 

To help those Ukrainians still left behind in their war-torn country, donations can be made to the Ukrainian Red Cross to assist those in need still inside the country.