Pat Maroon launches campaign to support Tampa Bay mental health nonprofit in response to broadcaster’s shameful comments

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon donated $2,000 to a local mental health nonprofit on Wednesday in response to disgraceful comments by Boston Bruins play-by-play commentator, Jack Edwards.

Edwards took aim at Maroon for his height in the first period of Tuesday’s game between the Bruins and Lightning, suggesting the veteran forward rarely goes « four hours without a meal. »

« Listed at 238 pounds, that was Day 1 of training camp, » Edwards said on the show. « I feel like he ate a few more pizzas in the meantime and now. »

Maroon, 34, won three consecutive Stanley Cup championships between 2019 and 2021 (the first with the St. Louis Blues, the last two with Tampa Bay) and helped the Lightning return to the Finals in 2022.

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The St. Louis product responded by donating to Tampa Bay Thrives in Edwards’ name and asking league fans to do the same.

« To support those struggling with mental health, bullying and body image, I’m donating $2,000 in Jack Edwards’ name to Tampa Bay Thrives and encouraging Lightning and NHL fans to join me, » Maroon tweeted.

Maroon has four points (all assists) in 22 games with the Lightning this season. He originally joined the Lighting as an unrestricted free agent from the Blues in 2019.

The Philadelphia Flyers selected Maroon in the sixth round (161st overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. Maroon never played for the Flyers until being traded to the Anaheim Ducks, with whom he made his NHL debut in 2011-12.

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In 671 career NHL games with the Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils, Blues and Lightning, Maroon scored 112 goals and 278 points. He added 23 goals and 50 points in 144 playoff games while acting as a physical presence en route to those three Cup titles.

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