COLUMBUS - Brendan Woods isn’t likely to forget the first Blues preseason game of 2014.
Jori Lehtera scored a goal in his debut and Vladimir Tarasenko scored one too, but that’s probably not what Brendan will remember.
He’ll remember meeting David Backes and T.J. Oshie. He’ll remember getting his hockey stick signed by Barret Jackman. He’ll remember flying on the team’s charter and giving a pregame speech to the team in the locker room before the players took the ice (video below).
And that once-in-a-lifetime experience, let me tell you, couldn't have happened to a better kid.
Brendan, now 17, was born with an abnormal heart. The left side was too small to pump blood throughout his body, so he had to undergo multiple surgeries to stay alive. Just before his fourth birthday, he received a heart transplant and is here today because of it.
While waiting for that transplant, Brendan connected with Make-A-Wish and was originally planning to take a Disney cruise in October 2001. The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 that year delayed the granting of his wish to a later date.
He held onto it for years and finally decided what he wanted: to take a road trip with the St. Louis Blues.
The Blues, along with Make-A-Wish, made it happen Sunday.
“Today’s been a very exciting day, something we hadn’t expected to get to do,” said Steve Woods, Brendan’s dad. “Things have been great, people have been great. We couldn’t have been treated any better.”
“I got to see all the players that I’ve never met before,” Brendan said. “I couldn’t ask for a better wish. This is probably the best wish I’ve ever asked for.”