Paul Stastny has had plenty of assists in his 10-year NHL career, but his biggest one won’t show up in any boxscore. News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |
Last month, when Stastny learned that a six-year-old boy in Oklahoma had his hockey gear stolen, he wanted to help in any way he could. In the beginning, that meant putting together a Blues care package that included some Blues merchandise and a team-autographed jersey.
“Sorry to hear about the bad guys,” Stastny wrote. “Here is something from the good guys.”
Gavin Shade’s story went viral after it appeared on News 9 in Oklahoma. Shortly afterwards, the thief was caught and one bag of hockey gear was returned. The family was able to purchase the rest of the gear thanks to donations through a GoFundMe page.
“You feel bad for the kid because there’s nothing he could do about it,” said Stastny. “I was just trying to help make his day a little better. Nobody wants to see kids upset. Anything I could do to cheer him up, I wanted to try to do.”
Stastny learned of the story through his mother-in-law, who works for News 9 in Oklahoma. In February, Stastny organized a trip for the family to St. Louis, who met several of the players, watched the morning skate and enjoyed a game against the Jets.
“It was kinda rough for awhile, but ever since we got that gift bag… it was a bad situation that’s turned out really well,” said Gavin’s dad, James. “We never expected anything like this. We got all the equipment replaced, and before we left to come to St. Louis, it looks like we’re going to get refunded for everything we had to replace.
“We were just blown away. We didn’t expect this."