Daniel Paille practices yoga for charity

Published On July 21, 2012 | By Arielle Aronson

Daniel Paille is known around the hockey world as a stand-out penalty killer for the Boston Bruins, but on Thursday, he dabbled in a new form of exercise with some special needs children. Paille participated in a yoga class at Franciscan Hospital for Children with students from the Kennedy Day School, a school on the hospital’s campus which provides both education and hospital-level care and therapy to special needs students.

The Bruins left winger’s comments made it seem as if he is a little out of place on a yoga mat, but his wife, Dana, was right at home. Dana Paille is a newly certified yoga instructor and was on hand to provide yoga tips to both the staff and Kennedy Day School students.

“My wife is actually the one who’s the yoga fanatic and enjoys doing it,” Paille told WEEI.com’s DJ Bean. “I guess this is the only way she can get me to do yoga, because there’s no other way. This is not my offseason training.”

Paille’s appearance was part of a celebration for the naming of Franciscan Hospital’s new Sensory Motor Room. The facility will be named in honor of the Boston Bruins foundation thanks to the foundation’s $75,000 donation to renovate and expand the Kennedy Day School.

Paille has certainly been busy this summer. When Paille is not polishing up his yoga skills with the children of the Kennedy Day School, he has been working as the Bruins’ NHL Player’s Association representative for continuing talks on a new NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. Paille also signed a new three-year contract extension with the Bruins earlier in the summer.

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Arielle Aronson is a sports writer and recent graduate from Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Print Journalism Magna Cum Laude. Arielle has a passion for sports cultivated from growing up with two older brothers. She also enjoys playing the piano, reading and traveling.