GLENDALE -- Coyotes players visited the Phoenix Children’s Hospital on Tuesday to meet and mingle with young patients, distribute gifts to them and spread holiday cheer. View the photo gallery by clicking here.
“Everyone gets excited about this,” captain Shane Doan said of the annual event. “It’s one of those days I think humbles everybody and I think it does more for us than it probably does for them. It’s pretty amazing to see their spirit. These kids are special.”
Doan and his teammates spent several hours at the hospital signing autographs, posing for photos and playing games with the patients and their families. Team mascot Howler and members of the Paw Patrol also visited the kids.
“It’s a super fun day,” PCH’s Julie Schwarz said. “We are celebrating the holidays with the entire team and bringing fun to the patients that can’t leave.”
Schwarz said the patients were thrilled to meet the players and spend time with them.
“It brings smiles to kids that haven’t smiled in days or weeks since they’ve been going through tough times,” she said. “It just lifts everyone’s spirits and gets them in the holiday spirit.”
Doan said visiting the hospital puts life into proper perspective and that the players are happy to participate.
“It’s important to give them a day where they’re not focused on everything that’s going on,” Doan said.
Phoenix Children's Hospital is a 433-bed pediatric hospital that has provided healthcare for kids since 1983. To learn more visit http://www.phoenixchildrens.org/.