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Kessel, Wheeler presiding over military makeover

11.07.08 at 11:07 am ET

On Friday, November 7 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Boston Bruins forwards Phil Kessel and Blake Wheeler are joining four US Servicemen for a ‘€œMilitary Makeover’€ at Barbershop Lounge on Newbury Street in Boston.  

Army Reserve Specialist Matthew Maguire ‘€“ one of the servicemen attending ‘€“ is getting married on Saturday, November 8 and the afternoon at Barbershop Lounge will help him prepare for his big day.  Joining Maguire, Kessel and Wheeler will be three fellow soldiers ‘€“ Private First Class Adam Stebbins, Senior Airman Douglas Freeman, and Sergeant Harold Cooper.

On Saturday, November 8 members of Maguire’s platoon will attend his wedding and then head to the TD Banknorth Garden for Military Appreciation Night where they, and over 1,000 members of local military
families, will be honored during the Bruins/ Sabres game at 7:00 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Garden.

The Bruins are hosting local military families through their ‘€œSeats for Soldiers’€ program: an initiative where fans purchase tickets that are donated to military members and their families.  Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward purchased $15,000 worth of tickets for the program this year, giving 300 servicemen and women and their families the opportunity to watch Saturday’€™s game.

Maguire, 28-years old from Boston, is set to deploy for Iraq in the coming weeks with the rest of his platoon.

Bruins fans can continue to donate to the Seats for Soldiers program by calling 617-624-1805, emailing or by going to Fans can honor our local military families by donating tickets priced at $25.00 or $70.00. An additional donation will be made to the USO (United Service Organizations) for every $70 ticket donation.

The soldiers and their families will be honored throughout the game with photomontages on Garden HDX, Zamboni rides, and video messages, while a select few will have the chance to shake hands with the team as they leave the locker room during intermissions.

WHO: Boston Bruins Phil Kessel and Blake Wheeler
          Specialist Matthew Maguire
          Private First Class, Adam Stebbins
          Senior Airman Douglas Freeman
          Sergeant Harold Cooper

WHAT: Receive treatments including haircut, shave and a shoeshine,
playing pool and watching television.

WHEN: Friday, November 7, from 3 p.m. ‘€“ 5 p.m.

WHERE: Barbershop Lounge, 245 Newbury Street
             Boston, MA 02116

Barbershop Lounge, Boston’€™s upscale men’s grooming lounge complete with plasma televisions and a pool table, is reminiscent of a private gentleman’s club catering exclusively to fine men’s grooming.

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