Blues visit children in area hospitals for the holidays

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – When the Blues came marching into St. Louis Children's Hospital there were no hockey sticks, only high fives and handshakes.

'Cannon was born with hyperplasic heart syndrome so we've been a patient of Children's since he was born off and on,' says Heather Ross, Cannon's Mom.  'So he was diagnosed with a rare disorder called plastic bronchitis.  So, we're here for that.'

It will mean more hospital visits for this 4-year-old and his family.

But Monday afternoon the Ross`s and many inside St. Louis children's hospital received some unexpected surprises.

'It's nice to come here and make people happy and smiling,' says Jori Lehtera, Blues Center.

In all, Blues players made stops at five area hospitals; St. Louis Children's, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, Ranken Jordan, Shriner`s Hospital and Mercy Children's Hospital Monday afternoon.

'There's a lot of things these kids have to do while they're here at the hospital that can cause them anxiety and be disheartening for them,' says Melody Deweese, Child Life Specialist St. Louis Children's Hospital.  'But just to have that moment of positivity when these Blues players come in and make them feel like just a normal kid is just the best thing ever.'

'To be able to come in here and get to see them in the tough moments they're battling and to see big smiles on their face and they're still enjoying everything is pretty awesome,' says

Carter Hutton, Blues Goaltender.

It`s not a hat trick, but a win-win for everyone.