MGH Hotline 09.11.09 For Boston Bruins player Shawn Thornton, "icing," or illegally shooting the puck over two red lines, might result in jeers from fans, but at a special cookie-decorating event Aug. 25 for patients of MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), Thornton's icing efforts received big smiles.

A real treat...

11/Sep/2009

ALL SMILES: From left, Thornton, Cody Reckart, Matthew Cosentino, Tseng and Nick Larkin

For Boston Bruins player Shawn Thornton, "icing," or illegally shooting the puck over two red lines, might result in jeers from fans, but at a special cookie-decorating event Aug. 25 for patients of MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), Thornton's icing efforts received big smiles.

Thornton visited a group of children who are touched by neuromuscular disorders to decorate cookies, sign memorabilia and chat about hockey. He answered questions from the children while posing for photos, giving autographs and passing out pucks and posters.

The event, held in the Trauma Center Conference Room at 165 Cambridge St., was arranged by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) with the help of Brian Tseng, MD, PhD, director of the MGHfC Pediatric Neuromuscular Service.

"The kids really enjoyed themselves,” says Tseng. “And I think Shawn did too -- he’s a great, warm, hulk of a guy, and his 'enforcer' reputation is clearly for the ice only! The Boston Bruins, as exemplified by Shawn, have been tremendous in reaching out to children with neuromuscular disorders at MGHfC and the MDA.”