When the Calgary Flames visited the Ottawa Senators last weekend, one family in the crowd was cheering louder than most for the Flames and their star centre, Ottawa 67’s grad, Sean Monahan. The Parker family, dad Matt, mom Cassie and daughters Maggie and Millie, traveled from North Bay to give 10-year old Millie a chance to see her favorite hockey player, Monahan, in action. As it turned out, she got far more than she bargained for thanks to another 67’s alumnus, Brodie Beard, and the willingness of the Flames and Moni to make a dream come true.
A couple of weeks before the game, Brodie contacted the 67’s to see if there was any way we could help Millie get her Sean Monahan jersey signed. Brodie is a friend of the family and he knew they were planning to be in Ottawa for the game against Calgary on January 18th. The Monahan jersey was a Christmas present and Brodie, a dad himself, understood how special it would be for Millie to get the jersey signed and maybe … just maybe … to meet her hockey hero. A call was made and the Flames and Moni were eager to make it happen.
On the morning of game day, Millie was already excited, and then, over breakfast, her dad told her they were going to meet Sean Monahan. That led to several hours of, “How much longer? What time are we going?” Finally, it was time. They showed up in the lobby of the Flames’ hotel, a Flames representative escorted them to the room where the team was finishing up its pre-game meal and there he was. The player who graduated the 67’s after the 2012-13 season and cracked the Flames lineup as an 18-year old joined them. Moni signed the jersey, posed for some pictures and gave Millie some memories that will last forever. Then, at the game during the warm-up, there was a rap on the glass and Millie turned to see that Sean had one more surprise … an official game puck that he flipped to her over the glass.
Nice job, Moni and thank you Calgary Flames. Classy player and classy organization.