The Ottawa Senators had a special guest drop the ceremonial puck on Thursday night.
Matthew Paravan, a young man who lost his motor and verbal skills but is still not diagnosed with a specific condition, was given the honor as part of the Ottawa Senators Foundation Telethon.
The Paravan family has found support in the form of Roger Nielson House, a pediatric care hospice in Ottawa that focused on "compassionate care to children living with life-limiting illnesses."
Senators captain Erik Karlsson skated on to the ice with Matthew, who is in a wheelchair, bringing him to his family for the puck drop.
The Ottawa Senators Foundation empowers children and youth to reach their full potential by investing in social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness.