Ottawa Senators and Captain Brady Tkachuk have a new lucky charm. His name is Daniel Maloney.
The 7-year-old hockey player spent a day with the team on Wednesday, as part of an initiative of the Children’s Wish Foundation in conjunction with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
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Maloney got his hands on autographed caps, jerseys and sticks, and met with general manager Pierre Dorion and coach DJ Smith before hitting the ice to practice with the team.
Maloney, who has a rare kidney condition, had a successful kidney transplant, as did his sister Lilly, who also attended the Senators game.
The two kids also played mini-hockey with Senators captain Tkachuk.
Prior to the game, the children met with members of the Pittsburgh Penguins, including captain Sidney Crosbywho gave Daniel a stick as a gift.
Shortly before the game, Daniel circled the rink alone and fired a few shots into the net to the sound of the crowd cheering him on.
The Senators won the game 5-4 in overtime. Who else but Tkachuk could score the winning goal?
« He’s our lucky charm, » Tkachuk said after the game. “I had a lot of fun with him and his sister Lilly. It was great to see all the fun he was having this morning and during the warm up. It put a smile on our faces. He’s the reason we won tonight. »