Ten-year-old Anderson McDuffie wasn’t going to let John Klingberg push him around.

By Dan Gartland
January 17, 2019

“I had to protect myself”

The Stars already knew Anderson McDuffie was a fighter, but not like this.

He’s only 10 years old and has already had two open-heart surgeries, most recently eight months ago. Anderson is also a huge hockey fan and told the Make-A-Wish Foundation that he wanted to play a game against the Stars, his favorite team. The dream came true when the team invited Anderson to its practice facility on Wednesday.

It was a hard-fought victory as Anderson’s team (“the EKGs”) refused to be pushed around by their NHL counterparts. At one point, Anderson decided he had to stand up for his team and scrap with the opposition’s top defenseman, John Klingberg.

Klingberg and McDuffie have very different stories of how the fight began. Anderson says it was Klingberg who came after him and started pushing him around. Klingberg says Anderson was the instigator and that he was just trying to protect himself.

Klingberg’s teammates were quick to give him a hard time, since he’s never been in an NHL fight.

“I think there’s a reason why Klinger doesn’t fight,” Jamie Benn said. “Anderson took it to him there. If I ever saw Klinger fight in a real game, I’m sure that’s how it would go.”

After the pros vs. kids game, the teams mixed it up and the kids got to play with the Stars. All in all, everyone had a blast.

“I think we expected it to be fun,” Tyler Seguin said, “but not as much fun as we had.”

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