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Sens welcome Keila Penner

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

Many of you have come across the story of Keila Penner, an 11-year-old girl from Lachine, Que., who was sent home from school for wearing her Senators jersey instead of a Canadiens one.

For those of you who are not familiar, here is the backstory courtesy of Global News:

It was the day of the kick-off for the first game in the Habs-Sens playoff series. Students were allowed to wear jerseys instead of their school uniforms – but only if they wore Montreal Canadiens’ jerseys.

Keila Penner, who attends Maple Grove Elementary School in Lachine, is not a Habs’ fan, and so she chose to wear her Sens’ jersey instead.

School authorities said that decision broke the rules.

“She pulled me out of class, telling me it was only a Habs’ jersey day,” Keila said.

She was asked to change her shirt. She could either wear her school uniform or a Canadiens’ jersey that the gym teacher kindly offered.

Her response? “I told her, I’m not taking off my shirt.”

Well, the good news for Keila is her staunch Sens fandom didn't go unnoticed. Eugene Melnyk got wind of the story and had the Penner family driven down in a limousine to watch Game 4 between the Sens and Canadiens in his personal suite.

Given the game she saw, we think it went pretty well.

Here's a video of Keila at the game yesterday:

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