A Special Day: Jordan Primeau Gets His Wish From Maple Leafs

Tim YuSenior Analyst IJanuary 24, 2008

Toronto Maple Leafs interim general manager Cliff Fletcher has pulled off some impressive moves despite only being on the job for two days. While it's still early, he's already had a positive effect on the club.

TSN's James Duthie was on location in Lively, Ontario to announce the latest acquistion to a revamped Toronto Maple Leafs squad—six-year-old diehard Leafs Fan Jordan Primeau.

Battling leukemia for five years of his life, little Jordan has always confessed that his life-long dream was to meet the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now, thanks to the Children's Wish Foundation and TSN, his wish was about to turn into reality.

Showing up unannounced to Jordan's class in St. James Elementary School, Duthie told the class that he was looking for the biggest Toronto Maple Leafs fan in the room. Unanimously, Jordan was chosen by Duthie and brought back to his home.

From there, Jordan watched a tape of Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Paul Maurice announcing the team's new star player. Darcy Tucker and Kyle Wellwood were also shown talking about the addition of Jordan to the club. 

"As soon as he heard his name he realized," says Jordan's mother Shannon. "He was just so happy. He was almost in tears."

However, the day was just about to get better for Jordan and his family. Prior to the Leafs' thrilling 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals, they were all invited to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs practice at the Air Canada Center.

Jordan finally got to fulfill his dream when he met up with his favorite player—Mats Sundin—in person for the very first time. Needless to say, Jordan was a little starstruck after meeting the bouldering Swede.

He also stumbled across another NHL superstar—Alexander Ovechkin. After chatting with the Russian forward for a couple of minutes, Ovechkin handed the six-year-old with one of his official hockey sticks.

Alex Steen also made an appearance when he showed Jordan around the Maple Leafs dressing room. Matt Stajan carried Jordan around the rink shortly after practice was over.

More importantly, Jordan also met fellow Leukemia victim Jason Blake. The two of them shared a rather touching moment when they spent a few minutes passing the puck around before parting ways.

It was great to see the Maple Leafs take some time to make the kid's day. After all, it isn't every day that a young boy battling leukemia can meet up with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The full segment was aired on TSN during an intermission of the Leafs-Capitals game. 

"We will be eternally grateful to the Foundation and to TSN," says Jordan's mother. "I don't know how to begin to say thank you. Today, you have made Jordan's dream come true. One day when this is over, [Jordan] will be able to say, 'I beat cancer and I met the Toronto Maple Leafs.'"


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