Hockey, kind act unite two Burrillville families at free Boston Bruins game


BOSTON – A decision by a local police officer and his son to replace an item stolen from a child over Christmas resulted in both families sharing a free luxury suite at a Boston Bruins game this week.

When 8-year-old Blake Henault had his hockey net stolen from in front of his grandfather’s house on South Shore Road on Christmas Eve, his mother, Andrea Griffin, appealed to the community for help on Facebook.

“We understand if it was a mistake but we are very heart broken. It was a good metal hockey rink kind of net,” wrote Griffin. “It means a lot to us.”

“I’ve seen many good things happen with people getting things back. So please for my 8- year-old son who loves hockey, please share.”

The net, Griffin, said, had been in the family for years, and the distraught family placed a large cardboard sign in front of the home reading “Please bring back net.”

Lt. Albert Carlow of the Burrillville Police Department and his son, who serves as captain of the Burrillville Bronco’s hockey team, responded immediately , showing up with a new net, pucks and a goalie mask.

The story was covered on NBC 10, with Griffin expressing her gratitude for the surprise gesture.

Soon after, both families got a call from officials with the Boston Bruins.

And on Saturday, Feb. 8, they shared a free luxury suite at TD Garden.

The families watched the Bruins, who currently lead their division, take on the Arizona Coyotes at TD Gardens. The home team bested the Coyotes, winning 4-2.

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