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Matt Brown receives special jacket from the Boston Bruins

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NORWOOD, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A longtime friend of the Boston Bruins has received a special gift from Andrew Ference.

Ference, who now plays for the Edmonton Oilers, tweeted a photo of Matt Brown donning an Army Rangers jacket given to the outgoing Bruins defenseman by an Army sergeant during a visit to Ranger training school in Fort Benning, Ga.

"This jacket represents a lot of great things," Ference tweeted to Brown Thursday. "I couldn't think of a more worthy final recipient than you bud."

The jacket served as the Bruins' postseason player of the game award during the 2013 playoffs.

Brown, a 2012 graduate from Norwood High School, was injured during a Jan. 2010 hockey game against Weymouth. The then 16-year-old broke his C-4 and C-5 vertebrae and spent months recovering in an Atlanta hospital.

Brown has been the inspiration for rallies, charity games, and even the Bruins Foundation.

The Bruins were so inspired by Matt that Patrice Bergeron visited him during his recovery in Atlanta. In March of 2012, Matt dropped the ceremonial puck at the Bruins game after the Bruins Foundation donated a new wheelchair to the Norwood teen.

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