One year ago this Thursday, Patrick Kane's shot from the left faceoff circle found its way between Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton's pads and into the corner of the net, giving the Chicago Blackhawks their first Stanley Cup championship in 49 years.
Enter 10-year-old Matt Cannon of Tonawanda, N.Y. After the Blackhawks won the Cup last year, Cannon sent an invitation to Kane to attend his birthday party last June.
Surprising everyone in attendance, the Blackhawks star showed up, bringing autographed items and participating in a floor hockey game with the kids.
Last month, Cannon decided to thank the NHLer in his own special way.
Matt sent Kane the puck he'd used to score the winning goal to give the Tonawanda Lightning a 3-1 victory over the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles for the Western New York Amateur Hockey League squirt championship in March.
"He gave me his game-winning-goal puck just because I didn't have mine," said Kane, a native of Buffalo, N.Y.
"He mailed the puck to my parents' place. It was pretty cool. (But) it would obviously be nice to have the real thing back."
Kane signed a congratulatory message on the puck to Cannon and returned it to him. On June 16, Cannon will turn 11; no word yet if Kane will be crashing the party once again.
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