The Harp Is Raising Money to Pay for Shawn Thornton’s Water Bottle Fine**
**The money is really going to the player's charity, but it's the same amount as the penalty.
A Boston bar located near TD Garden is doing their part to keep things positive as the Bruins head into Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens, in hopes of advancing a little bit closer toward a spot in the Stanley Cup finals.
On Monday night, The Harp is hosting a fundraising event that will match a fine handed down to Bruins’ forward Shawn Thornton last weekend, after he squirted water into an opposing playerâ€™s face.
Money raised from the event, which will rally fans during a critical matchup withÂ the teamâ€™s longtime rivals, is being advertised as “paying Thorty’s fine,” but the cashÂ will really beÂ donated to the Bruins playerâ€™s charitable group, The Shawn Thornton Foundation.
â€śWe donâ€™t necessarily think what he did was right, but we think the fine is a little ridiculous, especially because itâ€™s sort of an arbitrary amount,â€ť said Hannah Kempski, a spokesperson for The Harp. â€śI mean, I can’t speak for all of the Bruins fans, but I think it was kind of a silly thing, and heâ€™s probably sorry he did it in hindsight. But itâ€™s a competitive sport. We really want this, we want the Cup again.â€ť
During the third period of Game 5 againstÂ the Canadiens, the rough and rugged Thornton allegedly gave his water bottle a light squirt, splashing P.K. Subban directly in the visorÂ as he passed the Boston teamâ€™s box.
It was a tongue-in-cheek move that some called “amateurish”Â in terms of sportsmanshipâ€”Thornton initially got a good laugh out of the gagâ€”and certainly turned up the heat on the grudge match between the two teams, who are both itching to get their gloved hands one-skate closer to the Stanley Cup.
While Thornton agreed to pay the more-than $2,800 fine, and addressed the matter during a practice the day after the incident, employees at The Harp decided they could turn the somewhat-controversial topic into a good deed, and cast light on the shady move that seems to be lingering over the team.
â€śWe just felt, hereâ€™s this fine, and everyone was talking about it, so we said letâ€™s take advantage of it. It got so much traction on Twitter already, so we just kind of pulled it together really quickly,â€ť said Kempski. â€śI think people want to be down by the Gardenâ€”itâ€™s just the proximity to it. People just want to be in that environment and feel the excitement. I think we will have a packed house tonight.â€ť
Kempski hopes that the packed house will mean the donations will flood in faster than the water did on Subbanâ€™s face. Attendees can make donations as they watch Game 6, or they can go to The Harpâ€™s EventBrite page and directly make a donation.
Bruins Ice Girls will also be at the free event Monday night to help bring some extra pep to the gameÂ that could propel the Bruins forward to the next series.Â â€śThe Harp has been around for 20 years, and we always gets such a good Bruins fan base and crowds, so we thought it would be fun to rally around this cause,â€ť said Kempski.
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