This winter, we teamed up with the Boston Bruins and Defenseman Torey Krug on a limited-edition collection of OHT x ’47 gear designed by number 47 himself. Proceeds go to the recovery of America’s wounded veterans –– like those at the New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV), right in the backyard of TD Garden where the B’s play.
Tucked away in Boston’s historic city center is an unassuming building, home to a coveted organization that helps veterans transition from active service. The interiors still have traces of the old bank it used to be, but it’s been updated to become a comfortable, welcoming place where veterans receive tools for self-sufficiency and success.
NECHV is one of many organizations that receive assistance from Operation Hat Trick (OHT), whose mission is to generate awareness and support for the recovery of service members who return home with traumas from war.
OHT began at the University of New Hampshire as a program that delivered free hats to wounded veterans in VA hospitals. The name Operation Hat Trick comes from the initial focus on hats, with a tie to UNH’s rich history in hockey. Since 2008, OHT has expanded well beyond New Hampshire, yielding great results for our armed forces.
When given the opportunity to work with these two organizations, Boston Bruins Defenseman Torey Krug didn’t hesitate. A cause that’s near and dear to him, Torey took his interest in sportswear and worked with ’47 designers to create a line of headwear and apparel featuring OHT marks, hockey-inspired elements and of course, his favorite number –– 47. Proceeds from purchases of the collection go to OHT.
Take a tour with us to meet some of the great minds involved in his project, as we venture from Bruins’ hockey practice to dinner service at NECHV:
For the full story behind the cause and for more ways to help, visit operationhattrick.org. Shop the limited-edition gear here or if you’re in Beantown, stop by the Bruins team store in TD Garden and grab it before it’s gone!