Must-see video: Blackhawks host young leukemia patient

Tuesday October 21st, 2014

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Here's the perfect antidote for the ugly story that's dominating today's hockey headlines.

Gabriel Colon has had a hard time of it lately. The young hockey player has been battling leukemia for three years, a heavy load for anyone to carry but especially tough for someone who's only 12 years old.

But thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Gabriel was given the sort of opportunity that most kids can only dream of: He was invited to join his favorite team, the Blackhawks, at a recent morning skate.

Chicago, of course, did it up right. When Gabriel got to the rink he found his locker—complete with name plate and personalized jersey—right next to that of his favorite player, Patrick Kane. He got to chat with his hero while suiting up, then joined the Hawks on the ice and ran through some drills, including some one-on-one time with Kane, Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw.

Naturally, the team captured all the highlights of Gabriel's day on video. Check it out—this, as the kids say, has all the feels.

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