David Pastrnak takes a picture with Julia at Boston Children's Hospital November 9, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images for Boston Children's Hospital)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Bruins forward David Pastrnak received the 2018 Champion Award at the Champions for Children's gala last night at the Seaport World Trade Center. The event's raised more than $55 million for Boston Children's Hospital patients, families, and research since 1997.
The "Champion Award" was established in 2004 to honor Boston athletes for their contributions enriching children's lives.
But, Pastrnak says he doesn't do it for recognition.
"I never go visit hospitals to win some award," he said. "I'm just doing it because I love kids. It's been just awesome to make them happy, make them smile."
Marcus Smart, Rob Gronkowski, Zdeno Chara, and Patrice Bergeron have also received the honor.
WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports