Former Bruins star turned firefighter takes part in fitness event at Warwick school

The Boston Bruins hosted a “BFit First Responder Face Off” at Robertson Elementary in Warwick on Monday, June 4, 2018. (WJAR)

The Boston Bruins hosted a “BFit First Responder Face Off” at Robertson Elementary in Warwick on Monday.

The event, which promotes fitness through hockey, was perfect for Chris Winnes, who was drafted by the Bruins in 1987 and now serves on the Warwick Fire Department.

“This is awesome. We always talk about trying to give back to what, you know, as a kid what I remember -- floor hockey in school and out in the neighborhoods, getting the kids together and playing and everything else -- I think with the first responders and the program that National Grid puts on was a great opportunity to give back, " said Winnes, a former Bruins forward.

Following his hockey career, Winnes joined the fire department, where he is a rescue captain. He said there's a correlation between hockey and firefighters.

"It's funny because, you know, you’re always a part of a team growing up,” he said. “You’re always in that locker room. You always have a common goal. That’s how I grew up playing sports. It was always team mentality and making the transition from hockey to the fire department, where just a big group of guys that have a common goal, so the transition was very easy."

The Connecticut-native and UNH graduate spent time with the Providence Bruins. He made his NHL debut in the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs with Boston, which was a playoff run and a team that he will never forget.

"Cam Neely, Oates, Janney, Moog, Reggie Lemelin, both Sweeney’s Bob and Donnie. It was fun. These are guys I will never forget as part of my life and the journey,” Winnes said.

While his hockey days are long gone, Winnes still keeps in touch with a number of former players and still follows his former team.

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