A teenager from Lakota, N.D., got to meet his hero, T.J. Oshie, on Monday thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Chris Porter is a 14-year-old suffering from Morquio syndrome, which causes cell deformation and stunts bone growth, and when he was contacted by the North Dakota branch of the charity he said he would like to meet the St. Louis Blues star, according to the Grand Forks Herald.
Porter is a big fan of Oshie's from his time at the University of North Dakota, and his wish began with a tour of the school's Ralph Engelstad Arena with two players, before heading to St. Louis.
Oshie met with the family and played two-on-two hockey with Porter and his brothers Monday morning, and Chris' mother, Denise Johnson, told the Herald that the Olympic hero even customized some equipment.
“He measured a stick for Chris and cut it and taped it right up for him,” Johnson said.
After the family watched the Blues' game from the owner's suite on Tuesday night, Oshie gave Chris a game-worn jersey and the puck from a goal the right-winger scored in the team's 5-2 loss to the Canadiens.
- Brendan Maloy