TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Discuss a dream come true!

Everybody remembers attending their first skilled sporting occasion. Simply final week, 4-year-old Harrison received the chance to go to his first Tampa Bay Lightning recreation, and to make the state of affairs even higher, it was a Spherical 2 playoff recreation.

Harrison and his household, who’re from Oviedo, usually spend their Saturdays over at RDV Sportsplex Ice Den close to Orlando. The younger boy is at present taking ice skating classes in hopes of finally enjoying hockey.

Nevertheless, this previous weekend, he received the prospect to kick off his skates, sit down and see his favourite gamers in individual, reasonably than by way of a tv display for Recreation 4 towards the Carolina Hurricanes.

“He watched the primary interval of each Stanley Cup Finals recreation with us final 12 months earlier than bedtime and has grown up with hockey, so this primary Lightning recreation has been a very long time coming,” mentioned Harrison’s mother, Brie.

Earlier than the sport began, considered one of Amalie Enviornment’s ushers, named Carol, helped put the icing on the cake for Harrison’s first recreation expertise. Brie mentioned Carol gave Harrison and his household tips about getting the gamers’ consideration throughout warmups in hopes of probably get an official puck.

Seems, her steering and an indication that learn “My first Lightning recreation!” labored and the 4-year-old acquired a puck from Ondrej Palat.

“He refused to let it go and needed to indicate it to everybody and even fell asleep holding it within the automotive on the drive house,” the boy’s mother mentioned.

As you may think about, Harrison’s pleasure was by way of the roof and the sport hadn’t even began but. However the enjoyable had simply begun!

“He liked the sport! Had a ton of enjoyable having the ability to leap round and shake his noisemakers and doing the completely different crowd chants. He particularly loved the ‘Kuuuuuuuuch!’ and ‘Vasy! Vasy! Vasy!’” Brie mentioned. “The people who we sat round had been superb as nicely, encouraging Harrison to make noise and have enjoyable, and gave him high-fives after targets to have fun.”

If he had to decide on between his favorites, Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy, nonetheless, Harrison will all the time select No. 86.

“When you even point out the Conn Smythe or the truth that Heddy (Victor Hedman) received it final 12 months, he’ll nonetheless inform you he needed Kuch to win it,” the boy’s mother mentioned.

Regardless of Kucherov being the final word favourite, Palat has earned a particular place within the 4-year-old’s coronary heart.

“Pally has all the time been considered one of my favorites although, and he undoubtedly is now a household favourite in our home after his candy gesture,” Brie mentioned.

Harrison’s household hopes to return to Amalie for a Spherical 3 recreation, so long as a house recreation doesn’t coincide with nap time.

In case you had been questioning, Harrison is a potential goalie. So heads up Julien BriseBois and Jon Cooper, you would possibly need to regulate the draft class 14 years from now.



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