As soon as Jacob Markstrom realized his stick was broken, he knew exactly what to do with it.
"It wasn't badly broken into two pieces or anything, it was still in good shape," said Markstrom, on the post-game flight to Fort Lauderdale. "I knew who to give it to."
Markstrom spotted "mini-Markstrom" when the team made its way onto the ice before taking down the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 Thursday night. Sporting a Canucks jersey, goalie mask, blocker and trapper, while holding a mini-goalie stick, mini-Markstrom gave the boys a good chuckle as they came out of the tunnel.
It was tough to miss nine-year-old Kai with his monster grin and fist stuck out in support of the Canucks, but wait…this feels like déjà vu all over again.
Kai lives in Ocala, Florida, a 90-minute drive from Amalie Arena, the home of the Lightning. His parents are originally from Alberta and his dad still lives there; dad flies down every year to bring Ky to see the Canucks. Kai looked familiar because he was also in the crowd last year, and he got a Markstrom stick then too. This year Markstrom put the cherry on top by signing an autograph for Ky as well.
Kai is goalie for his Florida Stars hockey team, and you'll never guess who he wants to be when he grows up!
*Special thanks to Sam Murphy for helping track down Ky and his dad at the game in Tampa!*