Marc Savard donates Bruins suite

BOSTON -- Bruins forward Marc Savard had planned on returning to Boston on Thursday to officially announce his donation of a TD Garden luxury suite to pediatric patients at Children's Hospital Boston, but he was delayed by weather in Toronto and the announcement has been postponed.

Savard, 34, purchased the suite for every Bruins home game for the remainder of the 2011-12 season through the completion of the 2013-14 season with the focus on children suffering from the effects of head trauma from both a medical and psychological standpoint.

The highly skilled and talented forward had his year cut short last season due to a pair of concussions he suffered in a 10-month period.

He had planned on holding a news conference for the first time this season at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at TD Garden. A new time has not been announced.

"I'm excited," he said in a text message to ESPNBoston.com on Wednesday.

Since suffering a severe concussion as a result of a blindside hit on March 7, 2009 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Savard's career has not been the same. He was able to return to action during the Eastern Conference semifinals that season against the Philadelphia Flyers and played all seven games.

He began to experience symptoms of depression and post-concussion syndrome that summer and was not on the roster to start the 2010-11 season. He returned to the lineup on Dec. 9, 2010, but played only 25 games before he suffered another concussion. He has not played since.

"Marc Savard understands firsthand the challenges faced by children suffering from the effects of head trauma from both a medical and psychological standpoint," said Beth Donegan Driscoll, director of Child Life Services at Children's Hospital Boston. "The partnership with Marc Savard is an exceptional opportunity for Children's Hospital Boston patients and their families to experience the thrill of a Bruins game at the generosity of this very special man.

"The Child Life Specialists at Children's Hospital Boston are honored to work with Mr. Savard to select appropriate candidates for this uniquely Boston experience. With the help of individuals like Marc Savard we can and do make a difference in the lives of deserving children every day."

Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.