‘The best time of my life’: young Alberta hockey player becomes honourary Oiler
EDMONTON — An eight-year-old High Prairie boy who is battling a brain tumour had his biggest wish come true Wednesday when he hit the ice with the Edmonton Oilers.
Kohen Flett had the chance to practice with the team at Rexall Place. He said his favourite part was shooting the puck with some of his favourite hockey players.
“McDavid, Hendricks, Nurse, Eberle,” he said following practice. “The best time of my life.”
Flett was diagnosed with a low grade glioma when he was 15 months old and went through 70 rounds of chemotherapy. Now at eight years old, Flett has an MRI every year to monitor the tumour.
Head coach Todd McLellan said Flett’s visit was equally as exciting for him as it was for the team, especially coming off a tough loss to the Ducks Tuesday night.
“It was a special day for him and really a special day for us,” McLellan said.
“He epitomizes what a perfect Oiler is… he’s tough, he’s got courage, he’s resilient, he inspires others.”
The team even signed the young player to a contract, making him an honourary Oiler for the day.
“It’s awesome,” defenceman Darnell Nurse said of Flett’s visit. “We have great opportunities out here to give back to the community but to a guy who fights and battles like him over here, it’s great to have him out and spend some time.
“He gets to work on his shots, score a couple goals and beat people up. It’s a pretty good day,” Nurse added with a laugh.
Flett plays for the High Prairie Revolution. He had no idea his dream was coming true until a limo picked him up to take him to the arena Wednesday morning. The wish was granted by Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta.
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