The New York Rangers annual Garden of Dreams celebration was packed with heartwarming moments highlighted by a special performance of the "Star-Spangled Banner."
The night began with a moment of silence at Madison Square Garden to honor Detective Joseph Seals of the Jersey City Police Department and three innocent bystanders, Moshe Deutsch, Mindy Ferencz and Douglas Miguel Rodriguez who were tragically shot and killed last week.
For the ceremonial puck drop, the team welcomed Gianna Henrickson, a Make-A-Wish Foundation participant battling Rett Syndrome, which has her confined to a wheelchair. Henrickson wished to attend her very first Rangers game.
Clad in a Rangers jersey and giant blue Rangers hair bow, Henrickson was escorted out to center ice, high-fiving every player on the home bench along the way.
The Rangers also welcomed a host of youth players involved with the Garden of Dreams to stand with the team during the national anthem.
Doing the honors before the game were Maya Mason, the sister of a Garden of Dreams participant, Rachel Mason, who has had 17 surgeries in nine years, and Logan Riman on keyboard, batting a rare condition that has caused him to go blind.
The duo knocked it out of the park, according to Rachel.
"It was defintely tear-jerking. My jersey is still definitely drying off from wiping my face," Rachel Mason said in an interview with MSG Network. "I was so proud of her."
Rachel Mason has gone three years without an operation, one of which was spinal fusion surgery, and is back training in gymnastics. She credits the Garden of Dreams for helping in her recovery and aspires to be an elementary music teacher in the future.