Tkachuk plays sled hockey with young fan in sweet video

Brady Tkachuk gave a young Ottawa Senators fan big reason to smile on Friday.

The Senators captain joined Easton Harris, a young fan battling a rare bone marrow disease known as aplastic anemia, to play sled hockey after practice.

Tweet from @Senators: #Sens captain Brady Tkachuk, his 9-year-old friend Easton and Easton’s family had a blast after practice today playing sledge hockey. Stay tuned for a Sens TV piece on this special meeting! #OurCaptain

The 9-year-old and his younger brother, Cameron, got to meet the Senators players and hop on the ice to shoot around on their sleds. The Senators shared video of the ultra-cute encounter on social media.

Tweet from @Senators: Following today���s practice, Easton and his younger brother Cameron hopped on the @CdnTireCtr ice with #Sens Captain @BradyTkachuk71 for some sledge hockey!

Tkachuk went on his sled without a helmet, which did not fly with Easton.

“Why aren’t you wearing a helmet,” Easton asked the Senators forward.

Tkachuk quickly followed the safety rules and put on teammate Shane Pinto‘s helmet.

The boys raced Tkachuk on their sleds and shot pucks on net.

“This has been a lot of fun,” Tkachuk said in the video. “[It’s] hard work. I’m sweating more than I did in practice.”

After playing on the ice, Easton and Cameron received signed sticks from Tkachuk and got to check out his locker stall.

“We were really happy that Brady was willing to jump on with them and push the sport,” Easton’s dad Ryan Harris said in the video. “They all know about it [sledge hockey], but we want the rest of the community to learn about it. Everybody that has a disability can get on a sled, there’s a way to get them on there…It’s a great community.”

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