The Boston Bruins are postponing their annual tradition of bringing gifts to children at local hospitals.
Players around the NHL have been getting sick with the mumps and while no players in the Bruins organization have been diagnosed with the virus team and healthcare officials decided not to take any risks.
“The team feels that it is best to err on the side of caution and not risk exposure to any pediatric patients,” a team spokesperson said in a statement.
The $17,000 worth of toys that were purchased on behalf of the players and alumni will still be distributed at area hospitals on Monday. Players are working with the hospitals to reschedule their visits for after the holiday season.