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Andersons surprise Senators super fan in Ottawa hospital

Goalie, wife show up unannounced to cheer up supporter with rare genetic disorder

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Liam Darragh couldn't believe it when his hero, Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson, walked into his hospital room. Luckily, Anderson had proof with him.

"Do I gotta prove it?" Anderson said with a big smile while removing his cap and showing off his recognizable bald head.

The young patient, who has been at Queensway-Carleton Hospital in Britannia, Ontario for about a month while being treated for a rare genetic disorder, was shocked to see his favorite player in person.

Tweet from @Senators: #Sens goalie Craig Anderson surprises superfan, Liam, at Queensway Carleton Hospital. pic.twitter.com/iKbvsEmUc9

Darragh had been told that the goalie would be able to do a video chat with him, but Anderson and his wife, Nicholle, herself a cancer survivor, made the journey to see him instead.

"It was a huge surprise," Liam's mom Lisa told the Senators website. "Liam had no idea about any of this, and when Craig walked off the elevator I was shocked."

Darragh has Prader-Willi syndrome, a disorder that affects about 1 in 10,000 to 30,000 people worldwide.

The visit from the Andersons no doubt brightened his day and Craig left an open invitation for Liam to attend a Senators game, complete with locker room visit as soon as he is feeling better.

"He loves the [Senators]; he's like their couch-coach," Lisa said. "I think he's really, really, really excited. I think he was a little shellshocked … it's got to be the best day of his life."

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