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When I was younger I had the opportunity to skate during an intermission at a Blues game. I remember it so vividly. We had these ugly Red Robin jerseys on since they were a Blues' sponsor. Skating around on the same ice as your favorite players is one of the coolest things a kid can do.
Before the game I remember looking up at my dad while he put two straps of white tape on my black helmet (forming an "X"). He said it would help him find me on the ice. Looking back at it now... Genius idea.
Anyway, the Washington Capitals do something very similar during their intermissions. They have two teams of mites battle it out on the big stage in front of their parents and everybody else in the rink. I've always been a fan of this intermisson entertainment, but I'm a bigger fan of a kid named Jackson Friedlander. You have to watch his adorable postgame interview:
Jackson's enthusiam and passion reminded me what it was like playing at the Scottrade Center. He reminded me what it was like to play hockey as a kid. Without getting too soppy, he made my day.
Then TJ Oshie made his day with a quoted Tweet:
Of all the Blues players I've met, TJ is one of the best. I met him three different times while I was playing youth hockey and every time he made me feel like a friend of his. Just imagine Jackson's reaction when he finds out TJ Oshie wants to be like HIM someday!
But I'm sorry Osh... You, me, and everybody else will never be as cool as Jackson.