Olivia Lettich had been to a Calgary Flames game before, but she watched one for the very first time Sunday.
The 11-year-old is legally blind, but thanks to eSight she was able to take in the sounds, and sights, of her favorite hockey team.
eSight is an Ontario-based company founded in 2006 that creates glasses-style devices for legally blind people using a high-speed, high-definition camera that captures and enhances what a user is looking at on two OLED screens in front of the user's eyes.
Olivia became legally blind in her right eye at age 2 after undergoing nine rounds of chemotherapy and 50 radiation treatments to fight bilateral retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer that mainly affects children. She was diagnosed with the disease when she was 4 months old.
She had been to previous Flames games to experience the atmosphere at Scotiabank Saddledome, according to Calgary Metro, but Sunday was different.
"She got a little teary when she first put them on, and she said, 'Everything is so beautiful,'" her mother, Meredith, told Calgary Metro. "It's the little things, the details that come out because of the glasses, that she's now able to experience."
Olivia sat on the Flames bench during the pregame warmup, and after the game she got to meet her three favorite players, Mark Giordano, Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.
"I'm most excited for meeting the players," Olivia told Calgary Metro before watching the Flames defeat the New York Islanders 5-2 for their seventh straight victory. "I'm going to be thinking about how cool it is that I can see them.
"They [the glasses] help me see so much better. I can read and I can watch things from far away. I have a lot of trouble reading because the print is so small to me. With these, I can zoom in enough that I can read and watch movies."
And the Flames.