Bonino, who grew up in Farmington, played high school hockey at Avon Old Farms under coach John Gardner. While at Avon Old Farms, Bonino captained a New England Championship hockey team his senior year. He went on to play in college for Boston University, during which he helped lead the team to a NCAA National Championship. Before joining the Penguins, Bonino also played for the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks. Most recently, Bonino signed a 4-year contract with the Nashville Predators.
The 2017 Championship was the Penguins’ fifth Stanley Cup win. As a member of the cup winner, Bonino was given the chance to have the cup for a day — an NHL custom that plays out year after year.
To raise money for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, this year Bonino will be charging $10 per person (regardless of age) for admission – cash only, and is limited the showing to the first 3,000 people. Showing will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. and will end at 12:30 p.m. Bonino will be visiting the Medical Center immediately after the event at Avon Old Farms to share the opportunity with patients.