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Mini-Marky returns

...10-year-old Kai is ready to take the net for the Canucks

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Vancouver Canucks

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Jacob Markstrom should be extremely flattered.

Every time the Vancouver Canucks travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning, 10-year-old Kai Chaboyer is always there cheering them on. He's not tough to spot, Kai is always decked out in goalie gear - blocker, trapper, goalie mask & mini-stick - as a tribute to Markstrom, his favourite player.

Last year, Marky gave Kai a stick and signed it for him after the game. This year, well, let's just say Kai is now competing for back-up duties.

Video: Mini Jacob Markstrom Canucks Fan

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 reached out to Marky earlier this season and the Canucks goaltender invited him to the team's morning skate in Tampa so the two could reconnect. That's when Kai proved he's more than just a Markstrom fan and earned himself the nickname of Mini-Marky.

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Kai is the goalie for the Wesley Chapel Sled Dogs and you'll never guess what number he wears - 25 just like Markstrom.

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