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Golden Knights honor youth program player killed by distracted driver

Players wore helmet decals for 12-year-old goalie Alex Bush, who died on Feb. 16

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Vegas Golden Knights paid tribute on Wednesday to a 12-year-old goalie in their youth hockey program who died on Feb. 16 after he and his sister were struck by a distracted driver.

The players wore helmet decals for their game against the Edmonton Oilers with Bush's initials "AB" and the No. 29 he wore with his Vegas Jr. Golden Knights team. His favorite player was Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who wears the same number.

"He always had a joke for the team," his coach Ken Rubino told KVVU-TV in Las Vegas. "Whenever I felt like we were too tight in the locker room or too serious about the game that was coming up I always had Alex step to the middle of the floor and tell a joke to the team to kind of get everybody's spirits up and lighten up the room and he delivered every time."

Bush's 9-year-old sister Charlotte is in critical condition from the accident, which happened when they were walking home from school on Feb. 14, and two verified Go Fund Me campaigns were launched to help the family. 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Alex���s sister Charlotte remains in critical condition from the accident but she is ���still fighting and still feisty.��� The entire Vegas Golden Knights family ��� our players, coaches, staff and fans ��� are all with you. #VegasBorn

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