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Pat Maroon donates to mental health charity after broadcaster's comments

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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon turned Boston Bruins play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards' on-air comments about his weight into a positive Wednesday by making a $2,000 donation to a nonprofit that assists those dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Maroon made the donation to Tampa Bay Thrives in Edwards' name and dedicated his act of goodwill to people struggling with "mental health, bullying, and body image."

Edwards raised some eyebrows midway through the first period of Tuesday's clash between the Lightning and Bruins when he brought up Maroon's listed weight of 238 pounds.

"That was Day 1 of training camp," Edwards said while laughing with color commentator Andy Brickley. "I've got a feeling he's had a few more pizzas between then and now."

Edwards added, "Inadvertent fasting for Pat Maroon is like four hours without a meal. Hey, three Cups in a row, who can argue with his formula?"

Lightning teammate and captain Steven Stamkos also joined in on Maroon's cause.

Maroon, 34, won three straight Stanley Cup championships as a member of the St. Louis Blues (2019) and Lightning (2020, 2021). He put up a combined six goals - three game-winners - and 17 points in 74 playoff games during those three runs.

The veteran has four assists in 22 games with the Bolts this season.

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