The Boston Bruins, in partnership with Ocean 24 Sports & Entertainment and O.R.G. Packaging, will make the team's first-ever official visit to China when they tour Beijing and Shanghai during "Bruins Global: China 2016" from July 11-23. Current Bruins players Matt Beleskey and David Pastrnak along with Bruins Alumni Andrew Raycroft, Bob Sweeney and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team will host several youth hockey clinics in Beijing and Shanghai. The clinics will consist of on and off-ice training for over 150 Chinese youth hockey players. O.R.G. will host a Bruins partnership signing ceremony in Beijing, as well as a round table media event to discuss growing the sport of hockey in China with Chinese officials, state media and industry insiders. Some other highlights of the Bruins first-ever visit to China will include sightseeing at The Forbidden City, Prince Gong’s Mansion, Summer Palace, Great Wall of China, The Bund, Huanpu River and Canal Town.
“The Boston Bruins have always been passionate about growing the game and sharing our team’s rich history and tradition with fans all over the world,” said Boston Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs. “With the appetite for hockey rising on the global scale, we are thrilled to be partners with O.R.G Packaging and are excited for the opportunity to work together with Mr. Zhou’s team to cultivate the sport in China.”
O.R.G. Packaging Chairman Zhou Yunjie added, "O.R.G. Packaging and the Boston Bruins are building a bridge between Chinese and American hockey. We are excited and honored to build on this partnership, and eagerly look forward to doing more in the near future to grow the sport of hockey in China."
Ocean 24 Sports & Entertainment’s client O.R.G. Packaging is the first Chinese company to have a partnership with the Boston Bruins and the National Hockey League (NHL). The goal of the partnership is to grow the sport of hockey in China, strengthen the connection between the Bruins and the local Chinese community in New England, as well as educate North American residents about the growth of hockey in China.
In February 2016, the Bruins hosted 22 Chinese youth hockey players from the China. The youth hockey players participated in clinics with the Bruins Youth Hockey Development team and Bruins Alumni and got to experience the city of Boston. The group also had the opportunity to compete in 10 games against local New England youth hockey teams. The Bruins will host a different group of Chinese youth hockey players in Boston each year, as part of their five-year contract with O.R.G. Packaging.