(PITTSBURGH) — A young Pittsburgh Penguins fan experienced the ultimate redemption after an adult fan swiped a puck intended for him.
Trey Dopson of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, was ready to catch a puck on Thursday thrown by Buffalo Sabres coach — and former Penguins coach — Dan Bylsma. But a man seated nearby snatched it before the elementary school student could catch it.
“I almost caught the puck, but then this guy comes over, snags it, puts it behind his back, then he looks at me, smiles at me, then he goes back to his seat,” Dopson told ABC affiliate WTAE-TV.
The moment, caught on television, stirred the crowd to jeer the other fan, who wouldn’t give up the puck. Penguins’ staff took note and tweeted, “For everyone tweeting us about the little kid who just got the puck snatched away, we’re on it – don’t you worry.”
The Penguins’ mascot Iceburgh later surprised Dopson with a jersey of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and two pucks.
You deserve it, little man! pic.twitter.com/vSVPEPtWpL
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 30, 2015
“He walked down the steps and he had the jersey,” Dopson said of the mascot. “I thought someone had won it from the raffle, but he came straight into my section and gives me the jersey. I had a huge smile on my face and it’s just unexplainable.”
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