Blind hockey fan, son get surprise visit with Stanley Cup (Video)

Blind hockey fan, son get surprise visit with Stanley Cup (Video)

Gerry Nelson lost his eyesight 28 years ago due to diabetes. To follow his beloved Saskatoon Blades of the WHL, he would listen to the radio broadcasts of the games.

But when Gerry attended a preseason matchup earlier this year, the game wasn’t on radio. That’s when his son Wyatt took over, calling the action from the seat next to his dad like he was Chris Cuthbert or Doc Emrick.

Following a Blades game this past season, Gerry and Wyatt were surprised with a very special meeting. They went into the bowels of the arena and inside a room with the Stanley Cup waiting for them.

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From Global News this past December:

Over the years, hockey has drawn Gerry and his son closer together. Even though Gerry can’t see the ice, he can still experience the game he loves, with Wyatt by his side.

“Sometimes when he is doing something with me I feel like I am taking him away from his time with his friends,” said Gerry, “But he says ‘No, Dad, I love doing it and I want to do it.’”

Hockey isn’t the only sport Wyatt helps his dad in. Gerry is president of Blind Golf Canada and even won a tournament last summer with his son caddying for him.

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