Weymouth Native ‘Mighty Quinn’ To Drop Puck at Bruins Game

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By: Yanni Latzanakis  |  Follow Me On Twitter @yanlatz

Meet 3-year-old Quinn Waters from Weymouth, Massachusetts. The big Bruins and Charlie Coyle fan who is battling cancer will drop the ceremonial puck at the Bruins game on Tuesday, October 29th when the Bruins host the San Jose Sharks. That night, the Bruins will be hosting Hockey Fights Cancer night at the TD Garden.

Last February, just a day after celebrating his third birthday, Quinn went to Boston Children’s Hospital and was quickly diagnosed with a brain tumor on his brain stem called Medulloblastoma. That very next week after turning three, he underwent an eight-hour surgery to remove the tumor. He has undergone numerous rounds of chemotherapy and has spent months of his young life in the hospital.

This past summer, after his countless rounds of treatment for cancer weakened his immune system, he was unable to go outside. This prompted many of his family and friends to visit Quinn at his house through his window. The story went viral and soon visiting requests for The Mighty Quinn at his window came pouring in at the Weymouth home. Quinn was getting all kinds of visits from friends and family, Weymouth residents and sports teams, local first responders, and local celebrities like The Dropkick Murphy’s. He even received a personal video from New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady and Cornerback Stephon Gilmore telling Quinn that he is a champion and that he has the support from all of the Patriots.

Fellow Weymouth native and Bruins forward Charlie Coyle was also part of the hundreds of visitors to Quinn’s window this past August. Coyle along with Blades, the Bruins mascot, presented him with a personalized #13 Bruins jersey with Quinn’s name on it. Coyle proceeded to chat with Quinn and brighten his day as well as even partaking in a Nerf gun fight. Since then, Quinn and Coyle have become the best of friends as Coyle continues to support the Waters family and Quinn’s battle with cancer. The Bruins forward was also seen with a blank “Hockey Fights Cancer” sign in which he wrote, “I fight for The Mighty Quinn” in support of his new friend.

Just last week, the Waters family announced fantastic news that Quinn’s latest MRI showed no signs of new disease. Doctors have been amazed by Quinn’s recovery that although he is continuing his fight, he is making incredible progress.

At the end of September, Quinn was allowed to leave his house for the first time in months and is now set to make an appearance on TD Garden ice dropping the ceremonial puck for the Bruins and San Jose Sharks game on October 29th.

It will no doubt be an emotional night for Quinn and his family but hopefully will be a joyous occasion for Quinn in support of his favorite hockey team. I also suspect that when called upon, Charlie Coyle will line up and receive the ceremonial puck drop from his friend Quinn.

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Coach’s Corner: B’s Cassidy & Pat’s Belichick Bond

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By: Evan Michael | Follow me on Twitter @00EvanMichael

Cassidy and Belichick. Not a bad Coach’s Corner to be in, no disrespect to B’s alum Don Cherry and his North-of-the-border broadcast bud Ron MacLean.

And as many members of the Boston media reported Monday, the Bruins’ bench boss attended his second consecutive #PatsCamp and took it all in with his family by his side.

Now, Cassidy’s son Cole may have a career in football on his hands (hands that Kraftly caught this pigskin on camera earlier)…

…but if there’s any football career to be clamoring about in Foxboro it’s that of Cassidy’s cross-town coach Bill Belichick — a coach that he hopes to learn from even more ahead of his team’s Stanley Cup runner-up follow-up season. As Cassidy mentioned back in May to our friends at NESN before his black n’ gold squad suited up for the Cup Finals, he reached out to Belichick for advice on how to handle not only the long layoff between the ECF and SCF, but also the pressure of playing for it all in Boston:

“[The Patriots] share whatever they can — very supportive. It’s been great for me. I’ve gotta tell you — [Belichick’s a] terrific guy. Very insightful, and it was great. I really appreciate it.” — Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy, May 2019

Well, as we all know by now (and perhaps are still trying to forget), the B’s came up short while playing for it all this Spring & early Summer. One game short. One shift short. Perhaps even one play short if you like to factor in momentum in do-or-die postseason games — all scenarios Coach Belichick has been through, learned from and overcame while leading the Super Bowl Champion Patriots to two dynastic runs over the last 19 New England years. And as we learned from NESN again, Cassidy couldn’t resist checking back in with Belichick on Monday — this time about how to bounce back when your team comes oh so close to winning it all:

“A little bit about his team, a little bit about situational stuff that happens. For example, coming off a loss at the end of the season, [the Pats] did it two years ago to Philly, rebounded to win a championship last year. So, what kind of preparation goes into that, or do you just put it all behind you and move on? So, try to steal a few things here and there in that area [from Belichick].” — Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy, August 2019

Sage advice from a man who’s become a legend in our sports-crazed community. Can we also get Tom Brady & Patrice Bergeron together to talk championship fodder & folderol? Kidding aside, Cassidy’s comments definitely create good karma & buzz ahead of a B’s season bound to be under the microscope from September to hopefully May and June again. And if his team can rebound a la the Patriots after a championship loss, then I think this Cassidy/Belichick bond blossoming before our eyes could become the new Coach’s Corner!

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