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Columbus Special Hockey Team player joins Blue Jackets for introductions

Charlie Cook, 10, was not expected to be able to walk, but now skates

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

Charlie joins Blue Jackets on ice

DET@CBJ: Blue Jackets host Hockey Is For Everyone

Charlie Cook joins Nick Foligno and the Blue Jackets at center ice for a ceremonial puck drop to celebrate Hockey Is For Everyone

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Charlie Cook wasn't supposed to be able to walk. Now he is skating.

Doctors told the now 10-year-old's parents, Valerie and Paul Cook that he may not live through a stroke he had in utero and if he did, he would likely never do much moving on his own. 

On Friday, Charlie was the Columbus Blue Jackets' guest of honor at Nationwide Arena before their game against the Detroit Red Wings as the team celebrated the Hockey is for Everyone initiative.

Charlie plays hockey for the Columbus Special Hockey Team, coached by Ben Kyler, but it was his older brother who got him into the game.

"I saw my brother playing it and I was like 'Yeah I'm gonna play it,'" Charlie said in heartwarming a video shared by the Blue Jackets. 

Charlie skates and plays with a specially crafted walker so he does not need the help of an adult skater. 

On the night Charlie got to skate out before the game and stand with captain Nick Foligno, the Blue Jackets also played a touching tribute to Hockey Is For Everyone.

Video: DET@CBJ: Hockey Is For Everyone in Columbus

For Charlie, the Columbus Special Hockey Program has been, as it has for so many others, has been a dream come true.

"Yeah," Charlie said in the video. "Pretty much everyone can play hockey."

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