EDMONTON - Four youth hockey players from Sherwood Park - a town just 25 minutes east of Edmonton - were playing some 2-on-2 hockey at Rogers Place on Wednesday morning when they got a big surprise.
Midway through the action, the players looked up and saw hockey superstar Vladimir Tarasenko standing on the ice with them in a Blues hoodie, shorts and tennis shoes. He had a hockey stick in his hands and was ready to join the game if they'd have him.
Of course, you can't play 2-on-2 hockey with five players, but neither Ryder, 8, Adam, 12, Blake, 12, nor Hunter, 14, were going to say anything.
After all… it was Vladimir Tarasenko!!!
The Blues forward had arrived to the rink early on Wednesday and used the extra time before a team meeting and practice at Rogers Place in Edmonton to dish passes and shoot pucks with each of the youth hockey players.
It doesn't get much better than that.