Blues' Alex Pietrangelo shaves head to support niece with cancer

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Alex Pietrangelo’s new haircut will melt your heart. 

The St. Louis Blues defenseman isn’t exactly know for his flow, but on Monday, he let his five-year old niece shave his head to support her battle with cancer. 

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​Pietrangelo unveiled his new 'do on Twitter, but he’s been advocating on behalf of his five-year-old niece Ellie Kannel since August by promoting her GoFundMe page. Kannel has been undergoing chemotherapy for Wilms’ tumor, a rare kidney cancer that affects children. 

He opened up to to the The 9s about the new look, which Ellie gave him: 

“To see her laugh, and smile, the way she was when she was doing it -— even though she dug the razor in a couple times -— it was good,” Pietrangelo said, adding he’s been talking about the idea for awhile.  “I had bunches of hair. I had a rat tail and everything going on. Sister-in-law cleaned it up a bit. She didn’t do this herself at 5 years old.  … I was scared about the eyebrows.”

The photos are absolutely adorable and on the same day that the NHL’s annual Hockey Fights Cancer campaign kicks off.  

-- Anna Celia Gallegos