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December 16 will mark the seventh anniversary of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel being cancer-free. After being diagnosed with testicular cancer during his rookie year with the Boston Bruins, Kessel missed only 11 games that season and finished with 29 points and was named winner of the 2007 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
On Tuesday night against the Anaheim Ducks, as part of an initiative with Childhood Cancer Canada where one Maple Leafs player donates a luxury box for each home game, 24 children and their families got to watch Toronto win 4-2, thanks to Phil Kessel.
Adding to his charitable contribution was the fact that Kessel tallied a hat trick in front of those kids:
According to Jason Schwabe, the Maple Leafs' player programming rep, the program was started by captain Dion Phaneuf four years ago with various charities benefiting throughout the season.
The kids in attendance were a mix of cancer survivors and those currently battling the disease. Talk about giving them something to have a huge smile about?
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