Archive for January, 2012

Team Chara wins the 2012 NHL All-Star Game!

January 31, 2012

The Tim Hortons 2012 NHL All Star Game was held this past weekend in Ottawa, where fans came out to cheer on their favorite hockey players.  The game and skills competition are held each year to spotlight the most talented players in the league.  This year, the two captains were Daniel Alfredsson from the Ottawa Senators and our own Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.  Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin and the Bruins coaching staff were also chosen as all stars and participated as a part of Team Chara.

History was made during the skills competition when Zdeno Chara won the hardest shot contest with a speed of 108.8 mph, beating his own record, set last year at 105.9 mph.  He also competed in the skills challenge relay.  Tyler Seguin returned to the skills competition for a second time where he competed in the elimination shoot out and accuracy shooting.  Tim Thomas displayed his talents in the third period during the All Star Game.  This was Thomas’ fourth straight All Star Game win, which beat the record he previously held of three straight wins.  With the help of Thomas’ quick saves and Chara’s third period goal, Team Chara held on for the victory with a score of 12-9.

Congratulations to all of the Boston Bruins that took part in the All Star Game!


25,000 Patriots fans gather to send the team off to Indy

January 30, 2012


The New England Patriots were greeted by 25,000 fans Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium for an exciting send off party to Super Bowl XLVI.  The team headed to Indianapolis after the rally to begin preparations for the big game against the New York Giants.  Players spoke to the energized crowd and thanked them for their loyalty and support throughout the season.

Good luck to Jerod Mayo and the New England Patriots at the Super Bowl.

Chris Nowinski shares his knowledge of concussions with Nichols College

January 25, 2012

On January 23rd, notable concussions expert Chris Nowinski visited Nichols College, where he spoke to student athletes, sport management and education preparation majors, faculty and members of club sports teams.  The event was co-sponsored by the Fischer Institute and Nichols Athletics.

Nowinski has been active in conducting research on the lasting effects of concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.  The former WWE star began his efforts after suffering a total of eight concussions throughout his football and wrestling career.  Nowinski joined with Dr. Robert Cantu in 2007 to create the Sports Legacy Institute, aiming to educate others on the severity of head trauma.  Chris’ presentation advised the audience to be aware of teammates who may have suffered a concussion and to inform someone if they themselves feel any symptoms.  Students reported that they were surprised by how little they knew about concussions and appreciated learning about the danger of head trauma and how to best avoid concussions.

Chris Nowinski is also available to speak to your group about the dangers of concussions and CTE.  Please call Blue Sky at 781. 421. 3025 for more information.

Jim Rice shoots commercial for Brian Evans’ hit song, “At Fenway”

January 13, 2012

Earlier this week, Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Rice filmed a television commercial with crooner Brian Evans, whose new single, “At Fenway” describes his feelings about America’s most beloved ball park.

The commercial was shot at the Groveland Diner in Groveland, MA, which set the perfect scene for this style of music.  “At Fenway” is currently available wherever music is sold – get your copy today!

View the commercial below:

Travis Roy: Motivational Speaker, Author, Activist

January 6, 2012

From an early age, Travis found his passion in the sport of hockey.  He dreamed of one day playing Division I college hockey, and by his senior year in high school, he had his choice of scholarships to any of the top college hockey programs in the country.  Travis chose to play for the defending national champion Boston University Terriers.  On October 20, 1995, with his family and friends in the stands, he took to the ice for his first shift.  Eleven seconds after the puck dropped, Travis found himself lying face down on the ice, unable to move or feel a thing.  Within seconds he not only knew he was paralyzed, but that life as he knew it was over.

In the 15 years since Travis’ accident he has overcome many challenges.  Ten months after his accident he returned to Boston University, and four years later he graduated with a degree in Communications.  He wrote the book, Eleven Seconds, A Story of Tragedy, Courage, and Triumph, and also founded the Travis Roy Foundation, which has raised over $3 million to improve the lives of spinal cord injury survivors and fund medical research.

Travis is now a highly regarded speaker for a variety of audiences, including corporations, universities and health professionals.  The topic of his presentation revolves around the following theme: “There are times in our life when we choose our challenges, and other times when the challenges simply choose us, it is what we do in the face of those challenges that defines who we are, and more importantly, who we can and will become.”

See video of Travis’ presentation below.

By sharing his story and lifelong dream of becoming a Division I college athlete, Travis conveys firsthand the determination and emotional high of overcoming a self-imposed challenge.  Travis then shares the experience of having his dream ripped away and the reevaluation of his goals to face the challenge that ultimately chose him.  His story is an inspiration to audiences of all ages, and the lessons he conveys can be applied to all areas of life.

For more information about Travis’ presentation and to explore the possibility of him speaking at your event, please contact Blue Sky at 781.421.3025.