Jimmy Fund Patients To Help Broadcast Bruins on Thursday Night

A nice move by NESN:

Two Jimmy Fund Clinic patients to help broadcast Bruins-Maple Leafs game on NESN on Thursday, Dec. 18

BOSTON—Two Jimmy Fund Clinic patients at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, both avid hockey fans, have been given a dream assignment: to help announce the New England Sports Network’s live broadcast of the Boston Bruins – Toronto Maple Leafs game on Thursday, Dec. 18.

Eric Miller, of Shrewsbury, Mass., and Caroline Fries, of Barnstable, Mass., have been learning the finer points of announcing a professional hockey game from NESN’s Jack Edwards, the Bruins play-by-play announcer. Miller and Fries have met with Edwards several times and have been in the broadcast booth during a game to observe Edwards and his partner, Bruins color analyst Andy Brickley, at work.

Fries, 17, was diagnosed in October 2005 with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the soft tissue. The cancer recurred in June 2007. Miller, 20, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma on his right tibia in May 2008. Both are in active treatment for their cancers.

On the day of the game, Fries and Miller will be at TD Banknorth Garden to watch the Bruins morning skate and later take part in the pre-game production meeting. During the game, they each will take Edward’s place next to Brickley in the broadcast booth and call the play-by-play. One of them will step in during the middle of the first period, with the other during the middle of the second period.

“Eric and Caroline are amazing people who love hockey and the Bruins, so to have this opportunity to help them focus on something other than their cancer is absolutely wonderful,” said Lisa Scherber, activities coordinator for the Jimmy Fund Clinic. “We are so grateful for Jack Edwards and his NESN colleagues for being so generous with their time, for befriending Eric and Caroline, and helping them prepare for their on-air debut.”

  • http://www.nesn.com NESN Intern

    Thanks for the publicity on Thursday’s event! We have a few videos of the patients practicing for Thursday at http://www.nesn.com/content/shows/jimmyfund/default.aspx, and we also have a link there to donate to the Jimmy Fund at http://jimmyfund.org/gif/.

  • Angry Old Bastard

    class move….and I bet they’ll be better than Dale Arnold ever was

  • http://www.jonvssports.blogspot.com Jon

    This reminds me of the time Dale and Neumy had Travis Roy on and Travis pretty much made the two of them look like idiots.

  • Angry Old Bastard

    Dale Arnold is a horrible play by play guy…..his voice is so high and whiney….I rather listen to nails across a chalkboard

  • http://www.rickumali.com/ Rick Umali

    Just watched Caroline’s turn (first period). Very nice! At the finish, she said “It’s so fast!”

  • http://www.rickumali.com/ Rick Umali

    Just watched Eric’s turn (second period). Another nice job! He had that laid back announcing style. Unfortunately, the game is BOS 6, TOR 5, and we’ve got one more period to go!

  • Susan Edgett

    Our condolences to Catherine’s family. We enjoyed her the night she was in the booth.

    • Bruce

      Caroline M. Fries, Barnstable High School junior

      Caroline Marie Fries, 17, of Centerville, ended a 3-year battle with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, on Jan. 25.

      She was the daughter of Christine (Cole) and Wesley Fries.

      A junior at Barnstable High School, she loved travel, beaches, dolphins and taking care of children. A great deal of her life centered around the Barnstable Recreation Department and Barnstable Youth Hockey Association, where she participated in both figure skating and hockey. Although she was unable to continue skating, she managed the high school girl’s hockey team for the last three seasons and worked at the rink. After she fell ill she still made a point of attending her siblings’ games whenever she could.

      Her travels took her to Hawaii, Turks and Caicos Islands, Los Angeles, Florida and London.

      Besides her parents, she leaves two brothers, Corbin and Connor, and sister Christina; grandparents Robert and Beverly Cohan, George and Marty Cole, and Rita Fries; aunts and uncles; cousins; and many dear friends, extended family and her beloved dogs Gracie and tiny floppy Chloe.

      A funeral service was held at Our Lady of Victory Church, Centerville. Burial was private.
      Memorial donations may be made to The Jimmy Fund Clinic/Teen Resources, Attn: Lisa Scherber, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02115.

      • Wompton

        Caroline was great during the broadcast. I’ll remember it forever. Bruins showed some class in doing that and honoring her before the game tonight. Brought tears to my eyes. Her great smile and great personality shined that night. RIP