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


target="_blank">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


Greer raised $500, but when the bids started creeping over that

amount, he realized he wouldn’t be able to get the


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.