TJ Oshie mailed a signed stick to Maddie Kegley, a young fan who raises money for anti-bullying charities
Maddie Kegley is a truly remarkable eleven-year-old. Not only is she a straight-A student and a U-12 hockey player who wants to be the NHL’s first female GM when she grows up, but she also spends whatever free time she has raising money for NHL players’ anti-bullying initiatives.
In mid-November, Maddie and her mom Amanda were at the Xcel Center in St. Paul to see the Washington Capitals face off against the MN Wild. Maddie brought a sign to warm-ups asking her hero TJ Oshie for a stick. The Capitals left town with a 5-2 win, but Maddie left the arena empty-handed.
“I was sad after the game that he didn’t see the sign,” Maddie said, “but I knew there were a lot of other kids there too that wanted pucks and stuff, so it was ok.”
After the game, Oshie saw a picture of Maddie on Twitter. He reached out to the family, apologized for not seeing Maddie’s request at the game, and asked if he could have their address. He had a special present for this special kid: a signed TJ Oshie hockey stick.
“[W]hen my mom told me he sent her a message, I didn’t believe her at first!” Maddie said. “It made me feel really happy.”