March 14, 2018 5:52 pm

Young Flames fan surprised with tickets, meet-and-greet after sending Mike Smith ‘Get well soon’ letter

WATCH: A couple weeks ago, eight-year-old Calgary hockey player Rylee Lyseng sent a “Get well soon” letter to injured Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith. On her ninth birthday Tuesday night, she was surprised with the best birthday gift ever: tickets to watch Mike Smith shut out the Edmonton Oilers and a meet-and-greet after the game. Kevin Smith has more.


A young Calgary Flames fan who sent injured goalie Mike Smith a “get well soon” letter got the ultimate thank you on Tuesday night.

After Smith received the heartfelt letter from the young fan, the team worked to give her the surprise of a lifetime for her ninth birthday: tickets to watch Mike Smith shut out the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night and a chance to meet her favourite goalie after the game.

Smith gave her a hug and thanked her for her letter and for coming to the game.

READ MORE: Young fan writes ‘get well soon’ letter to Flames goalie Mike Smith

Smith had been on the injured reserve list since receiving a lower-body injury in a game on Feb 11. He returned to the ice two games ago.

In her letter, Rylee wrote that she and Smith’s fans missed him very much and hoped he’d get better soon.

“It was really amazing,” Rylee said after the game on Tuesday.

“Mike Smith did really good, too.”

— With files from Kevin Smith

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