GLENDALE – Seven-year-old Jaxson Ryan spent time interacting with Coyotes rookie Max Domi at Gila River Arena on Friday as part of a visit arranged by the team and The Dream Factory of Rochester, N.Y.
Jaxson is a hockey player and a Type 1 Diabetic. Once he discovered Domi also was a Type 1 Diabetic he began to closely follow his career path. His visit with Max was designed to be a fun one, but also one during which Jaxson could ask Domi questions about how he manages being a Type 1 Diabetic and a pro hockey player.
“I think he picked up some good tips from Max as far as nutrition, and how he handles his diabetes throughout the game and how he handles lows after a game and during practices,” said Kaity Ryan, Jaxson’s mom. “Hopefully he comes away with some knowledge that will help him through his hockey career.”
Before meeting with Max, Jaxson was allowed to watch Domi and his teammates practice. After practice, he and Domi ate lunch together, posed for photos and chatted.
“He’s awesome,” Kaity Ryan said of Domi. “He was really good in answering the questions. He was very courteous and gracious.”
Domi said he enjoyed the experience.
“I love spending time with kids,” Domi said. “I hope it means a lot to him and I hope he got something from it, too. I learned a lot from him and he learned a lot from me. It goes both ways.”
Jaxson’s time around the Coyotes will continue on Saturday. The Coyotes have invited him and several of his family members to attend the game vs. New Jersey and sit in a suite.
To learn more about The Dream Factory visit http://dreamfactoryinc.org/