HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI) –It started with the sizing of a stick for a special 14-year old. On Monday, St. Louis Blues right-winger TJ Oshie welcomed Chris Hendrickson, his longtime fan and Make-A-Wish recipient, to the team’s practice facility at the St. Louis Mills. The two took to the ice for some shots on goal.
“This is definitely his dream,” says Denise Johnson, Chris’ mother. “He sat and watched TJ Oshie during the Olympics. Chris will play floor hockey in my basement and so there's black marks all over those wall and everything. So this is phenomenal. This is surreal for him.”
Hendrickson has Morquio Syndrome, or mucopolysaccharidosis type 4A, a degenerative disease that affects his bones. The North Dakota native has been an Oshie fan since the right winger's playing days with the University of North Dakota Sioux.
“That's kind of the type of people that North Dakota brings in and the type of people that the Blues here mold,” said TJ Oshie. “I still feel like a kid but this is really cool and I'm thankful for the Blues and the Make-A-Wish foundation.”
“Chris has just had an attitude he is so brave,” says Johnson. “Everybody gets a whole lot of spirit from Chris and what he tackles every day is phenomenal.”
After a goal and a fist bump from left winger Chris Porter, Hendrickson had some quality time with his hockey hero.
“It's pretty awesome,” said Chris Hendrickson.
“He thinks I'm not as good as he thought now that he’s done it,” laughs Oshie.
Tuesday when the Blues take to the ice against Montreal, Chris Hendrickson and his family will be in the stand, rooting for their new friend from North Dakota.