CALGARY, Alberta Calgary FlamesForward Matthew TkachukHis tough-guy personality is down on the ice.
What is real life like? Tkachuk has a soft side. Even when it comes down to the Battle of Alberta.
The Flames and Edmonton OilersThey are locked in a heated second round Stanley Cup playoff seriesThe Oilers were fortunate to have a special fan for the journey. Ben Stelter, five years old, is bravely undergoing treatment to treat glioblastoma (a type of brain cancer). He has been supporting Edmonton via dad Mike's social mediaChannels — All Season, Meeting Oilers Captain Connor McDavidAll other players that may be encountered along the way.
Stetler uploaded a video of Tkachuk shooting with a nerfgun before the regular season matchup between Oilers and Flames.
Tkachuk did not see evidence of Stelter’s hostility until after Edmonton was dismantled by the Flames. 9-6In Game 1 on Wednesday, he was. It tickled Tkachuk so he sent a video message to Ben on Thursday, expressing support for Stetler's fight against cancer.
Tkachuk stated, “Hey Ben. I'm certain you're probably not the biggest fan” and added, “I could see by the video of the Nerf guns you shot at me. We are all cheering for you, Calgary.
We were inspired by Ben Stelter’s courage and strength. Matthew and the entire #FlamesYour family is here to support you! ❤️@EdmontonOilers | @m_dan25 pic.twitter.com/KQ88s4B7CY
— y – Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) May 19, 2022
Tkachuk spoke out before Game 2 on Friday to explain why it was important for him to go above and beyond to show Ben his love.
“Stuff such as that is very dear to me. [because of]Tkachuk stated that he dealt with children in Calgary who are facing similar situations. “… “… [posting]Here's a picture. It's bigger than hockey. It doesn't really matter who you are rooting for. We cheer him on. He doesn't like [the Flames]It's all part of the game. We all think about him and his family, and he is a true fighter. We are following him everywhere he goes, whether he is at games or other similar events.
Stelter's family was grateful for Tkachuk’s message.
We appreciate your support. @NHLFlamesAnd @TKACHUKycheese_We can be friends on the ice! ❤️ https://t.co/D8RgHIzOpM
— Mike Stelter (@m_dan25) May 20, 2022