GLENDALE -- The Coyotes recently invited Josh Knight, a 16-year-old with a huge passion for the team and Arizona sports in general, to watch a practice at Gila River Arena and also invited him to pose with them in the annual team photo.
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Josh, who lives with his father in Tucson, has been diagnosed with Stage IV Sarcoma, and after several surgeries to remove his brain tumor, radiation and chemotherapy, his condition is considered terminal.
“What we’re doing here today is just trying to create as many memories as we can while he’s doing great,” said Melanie Knight, Josh’s mother.
In addition to posing in the team photo, Josh received a behind-the-scenes tour of the arena, had a front-row seat for practice, and met Coyotes players and coaches afterward.
“We know he’s a really big Coyotes fan so we thought this would be a great opportunity for us to get to meet him,” said Olivia Campos, the team’s Director of Community Relations.
Tobias Rieder, Brandon Gormley and Mike Smith signed sticks for Josh, and all of the players signed a customized jersey for him as well. A few days later, Josh returned to the arena to watch the Coyotes vs. New Jersey Devils game. Afterward, he spent time chatting with captain Shane Doan.