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Nova Scotia boy invited on Carolina Hurricanes team bus after watching NHL game

Caiden Chambers watches warmup at his first NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Carolina Hurricanes.
Caiden Chambers watches warmup at his first NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Carolina Hurricanes.

HALIFAX, N.S. - A nine-year-old boy from Eastern Passage got more than a signed hockey puck at his first NHL game.

He met an entire team – on its bus no less.   

Caiden Chambers watched the warmup for the game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre March 23.

Chambers was wearing his Atom team’s sweater that had a Hurricane logo on the front on it, while holding a sign saying: “It’s my first NHL game. Can I please have a puck?”

Lee Stempniak, a forward for the Hurricanes, would flip a puck to Chambers, and instantly became his favourite player, bypassing teammate Jeff Skinner.

“That was his first NHL game and there is no way anything can top that,” said Curtis Chambers, Caiden’s father, in an interview on Monday.

It was also a good night for Stempniak who scored two goals in the Hurricanes’ 4-1 win.

After the game, Caiden and his family were waiting to see if a player would sign his puck.

Curtis decided to send a tweet to the Hurricanes’ Twitter account to see if someone would come and sign it for him.

Hurricanes Head Coach Bill Peters did one better. He came out of the arena and invited Caiden and his family onto the bus and to meet the entire team.

“It was huge for him, most people don’t get to meet these players. It was like he was in a candy shop,” his father said.

Chambers with his favourite player Lee Stempniak, on the Carolina Hurricanes’ team bus after their 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

It was a special night for everyone, a once in a life opportunity, said Curtis. The story is also now being shared across social media after being profiled on NHL.com through the Hurricanes.

“At the end of the night we felt like going and buying a lottery ticket, we were just so lucky,” Curtis Chambers said.

By: Ben Macintosh for Metro

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