Duchene helps out bullied Boston fan

Sports can bring out some of the biggest rivalries, but it can
also remind us about the important things in life.

The Minden Times brings the story of one young Bruins fan who
learned just how generous an athlete can be when she
received a random act of kindness from Colorado
Avalanche forward Matt Duchene
.

Trista Greer had been having a tough time at school with
bullies. Even after pep talks from her parents and learning
strategies on how to deal with the bullies, the 11-year-old still
had her spirit crushed when she was at school.

After the school year ended, Trista’s father, Wayde,
decided to do something to lift his daughter’s spirits. He
was scheduled to attend an auction and golf tournament to benefit
Minden, a town in Ontario that was affected by severe flooding
earlier this year, and he learned that the tournament would have
several pro hockey players in attendance. Greer also found out they
would be auctioning off a game jersey worn by Zdeno Chara,
Trista’s favorite hockey player.

Greer solicited money from his friends for a “‘cool
daddy’ fund,” which he would use to bid on the
jersey.

Greer raised $500, but when the bids started creeping over that
amount, he realized he wouldn’t be able to get the
jersey.

Enter: Matt Duchene. The Avalanche forward was one of the NHL
hosts of the event and was sitting across from Greer.

“Get it for her,” Duchene said. “I’ve
got you covered.”

Every time the price went up, Greer glanced at Duchene who
nodded his head to keep bidding. Once the price rose to $1,600,
Duchene held up two fingers toward Greer.

Greer grabbed the microphone and yelled “Two
thousand!” and the jersey was his. He gave the Chara jersey
to Trista for her birthday along with a note saying “happy
birthday” from Duchene.