Karina Cheah and her sister Kanitta went to Capitals game on Tuesday and held up a special sign they made for Jonas Siegenthaler. The poster read, “Thank you for representing!” with Siegenthaler’s number 34 filled in with the colors of Thailand’s flag and the Thai word for “thank you”.
Siegenthaler, who is half-Thai and the first NHL player of Thai descent, immediately noticed the sign and gave Karina one of his hockey sticks.
“I’m so glad he saw it! We actually weren’t sure at first,” Karina said. “We’d been standing there for a while holding it up. I saw him ask someone on the bench to set a stick aside but shrugged it off and didn’t think much of it at first.
“Then he came by at the end of warmups holding it and it took me a second to realize what was going on,” Karina added. “I definitely screamed ‘oh my god!’ and was deeply overwhelmed afterward.”
Karina posed with the stick for RMNB’s Miranda Rosenfelt who was at the game and attending warmups.
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