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Mass General Brigham Professionals Honored as 2022 Playoffs Bruins Banner Captains

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As part of the 2021-22 Playoffs presented by Mass General Brigham, prior to each Boston Bruins home playoff game a Mass General Brigham healthcare professional will be featured as an honorary Bruins Banner Captain. Captains will be selected from across the over 80,000 staff members of Mass General Brigham. These dedicated professionals provide safe, quality care in hospitals, labs, physicians’ offices, outpatient centers, rehab facilities, urgent care clinics, and homes, serving over 1.5 million patients annually.

Banner Captain Playoff Home Game #1 - Debra (Deb) Saviano, RN, Newton-Wellesley Hospital: 

Debra (Deb) Saviano, RN, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, as Boston Bruins banner captain for game 1 in 2022 playoffs Debra Saviano and Johnny Bucyk, former Bruins Captain

Debra (Deb) Saviano is a registered nurse who has served as a vital member of Newton-Wellesley Hospital's Emergency Department since 2007. The Billerica, Mass resident is known for her unparalleled empathy and dedication to making a difference in her community—each and every day. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Deb always found a way to give 110% for her patients. She recently began working in the relief charge nurse role at Newton-Wellesley and has quickly proven herself a true leader. 

According to her colleagues, “Deb is a beloved member of the Newton-Wellesley Hospital community who constantly seeks to support her peers by covering meal breaks or lending a helping hand to those in need. Extraordinarily dedicated to patient care, Deb is truly valued by her hospital and the entire Mass General Brigham system.” 

Banner Captain Playoff Home Game #2- Sunday 5/8 John Lockerbie, RN Salem Hospital

John Lockerbie, RN Salem Hospital, as Boston Bruins banner captain for game 2 in 2022 playoffs John Lockerbie pictured with Jillian Dempsey, Captain of the Boston Pride

John Lockerbie is a US Army Veteran and began working at Mass General Brigham member Salem Hospitals Emergency Department in 2005. John is a resident and native of Marblehead, Massachusetts. He is the loving father of 3 daughters. John has a passion for emergency preparedness and disaster management and throughout his career has become a specialist in this area. He has operated as the Salem Hospital Emergency Department Emergency Preparedness Liaison for several years.

According to his colleagues, “John has a big heart. His love for nursing and the team members around him is what makes him special. You will often hear John refer to his colleagues as family. These are not just words for John. He demonstrates this ideal every shift in the support of his colleagues. John has always been able to calm stressful moments for patients and staff alike using compassion and humor to assuage tension. This was certainly on display throughout the pandemic. “

Banner Captain Playoff Home Game #3 - Margaret-Ann Azzaro, DNP, Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Margaret-Ann Azzaro, DNP, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, as Boston Bruins banner captain for game 3 in 2022 playoffs Margaret-Ann Azzaro pictured with Damian Harris from the New England Patriots and Jake Thibeault, a Spaulding patient

Margaret-Ann Azzaro, DNP, is a director of nursing for medical surgical services the joint center and childbirth at Cooley Dickinson Hospital a member of Mass General Brigham. She has been with the hospital for 9 years and is very dedicated to Cooley and to the nursing profession. She recently completed her doctorate in nursing practice where she did her project on a nurse mentoring program that is being utilized today to retain new nurses. 

According to her colleagues: “Margaret-Ann worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cooley Dickinson’s Med/Surg unit was the main floor for covid patients where she supported her team in so many ways. She is an integral part of the nursing team and an asset to Cooley Dickinson Hospital.”

Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine provides clinical services to the Boston Bruins under the leadership of Dr. Peter Asnis, Medical Director Professional Sports for Mass General Brigham and Team Physician for the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox. In addition, Dr. David Finn, Gill and Allan Gray Family Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine, Mass General Hospital serves as Team Internist, Scott Waugh, PT, Clinical Director of Sports Medicine Physical Therapy, Mass General Hospital provides physical therapy, and Drs. Evan O’Donnell, Kelly McInnis and Lars Richardson from Mass General Brigham provide physician support. For more than 50 years, Bruins players have been treated by Mass General Hospital clinicians. To learn more about sports medicine programs and services from Mass General Brigham visit