BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– The Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey team added a couple of new players to the roster on Tuesday. These two young players have been dreaming for a chance to get on the ice and their wishes came true.
Head coach Brent Thompson says he hopes that the addition of these two players will help the team score some more goals –not only goals on the ice, but team goals off of it.
10-year-old Sam and 4-year-old Caleb were signed as part of “Make-A-Wish” Connecticut. The two boys signed playing contracts with the team, hung out in the locker room and got to meet all of their new teammates.
After a quick meet and greet, the boys then put on some equipment, laced up some skates and hit the ice. The goal was to help the boys not think about their illnesses.
Sam is battling a gastrointestinal disorder and has had three life-saving surgeries. Caleb has a rare white blood cell disease.
“I think its great, I think it’s special for players, it’s great to see a smile on a couple of kids’ faces and an opportunity to have some fun and just enjoy the time here with the guys and just enjoy hockey,” said Brent Thompson. “It puts everything in perspective, that’s for sure.”
“You see how excited they are and how important this day is to them. It’s fun for us to to be able to help provide them with something like that, that hopefully they’ll remember for a long time,” said Holmstrom.
The Sound Tigers are having a “make a wish” night on March 10th.
A portion of all proceeds from the game will go to “make a wish” Connecticut to help future wishes come true.