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After amazing recovery, 3-year-old Islanders fan goes viral with video

Jameson Maier takes shot at Rangers in cute clip that grabs plenty of attention

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Jameson Maier spent 112 days in two different hospitals at the very start of his life. Born five weeks premature, he had trouble eating and breathing due to fluid in his lungs and chest.

Now, three years later and in good health, the main thing little Jameson eats and breathes is hockey.

The lifelong Islanders fan, who turns 4 in June, went viral this past weekend for his ability to recognize every NHL team logo, his love for his favorite team and, of course, a distaste for its rival.

In a super-cute clip captured by his mother, Christie, and shared on social media by his dad, Justin, Jameson goes about naming each team on the back of his prized NHL sticker book from the 2017-18 season.

When Christie asks Jameson his favorite team, he says the Islanders. When she asks who is definitely not his favorite team, Jameson says "the stinky Rangers."

Tweet from @NyifanBarzal13: My son knows all the @NHL teams. But he makes his favorite and least favorite team known!!! @NYIslanders #isles #nhl pic.twitter.com/XfW6L2VErn

"I had to be careful to teach him a word he would be allowed to say (to describe the rival Rangers)," Justin Maier, a founding member of the Islanders fan group the Blue and Orange Army of Section 329 at Nassau Coliseum, joked to NHL.com.

The Islanders were in Jameson's blood from the start. After all, Justin and Christie first met at an Islanders game.

When Jameson was born he stayed in the NICU of the family's local hospital on Long Island before being transferred to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. One of his first onesies was royal blue and emblazoned with a large Islanders logo. His hospital room in Philadelphia was covered with Islanders stuff.

Justin and Christie had to make the best of a tough situation. Christie stayed in Philadelphia with Jameson while Justin had to work on Long Island and travel to Philadelphia on weekends and off days. The situation looked dire.

"There were times where we seriously didn't know if (Jameson) was going to make it," Christie Maier told NHL.com.

But those days are thankfully in the past. Now Jameson is a social media star. Well, maybe not among Rangers fans.

"He has some memory," Christie said.

Justin said that Jameson attended his first two games this season, one at Nassau Coliseum and one at Barclays Center. Both times, Jameson secured a puck, once when Justin caught one and once when a stranger caught one and handed it over to Jameson. Both were flipped into the stands by forward Matt Martin.

Attending games has only intensified Jameson's love for hockey and the Islanders. His favorite player is Josh Bailey, which has a lot to do with the "Hey Bailey!" chant that follows the forward.

"Most kids probably wake up in the morning and want Mickey Mouse or something like that on TV," Christie said. "I am being asked to pull up old Islanders games on YouTube."

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