The Edmonton Oilers are a classy organization.
The Oilers gave a five-year-old fan battling cancer the time of his life Thursday night. Ben Stelter is five years old and battling stage 4 brain cancer. Stelter went through chemo and radiation sessions to remove the brain tumour, but it came back in December.
Stelter is returning for cancer treatment next week. The Oilers got word of what was happening and invited Stelter to their game against San Jose at Rogers Place.
The Oilers made Stelter the star of the night on Thursday. Ben was the team’s pre-game skater and got to meet all the players. Stelter even received a pep talk from superstar captain Connor McDavid.
When you get a pre-game pep talk from @cmcdavid97. 🥺 pic.twitter.com/Yw4czj9DEa
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After the Oilers won the game, the team gave Ben the player of the game helmet and the “juice” vest for being the guy that brought the most juice.
The Oilers later brought Stelter out for the post-game press conference. Stelter joined forward Zach Hyman at the podium for an adorable interview. “Edmonton legend right here”, said Hyman.
There was also a moment in the press conference when fans started chanting Ben’s name and Hyman pointed that out. Stelter waved back at all the fans chanting at him.
You can watch Ben Stelter’s full-post game interview with Hyman below.
Goalie Mike Smith had some fun with Stelter press conference and the Edmonton media. “Take it all in bud, they can turn on you in a hurry”, said Smith jokingly.
Leon Draisaitl was technically the first star of Edmonton’s win over San Jose, but five-year-old Ben Stelter was the true MVP of the evening.