Sidney Crosby signs jersey for a Canadian teen that lost his in a house fire
Talk about a sweet surprise; Sidney Crosby recently signed a replacement jersey for a Calgary teenager that lost his beloved hockey jersey in a terrible house fire in May.
Hockey fan Hudson Matheson received his new jersey last Saturday after losing a similar one in a blaze that destroyed his home.
An image posted by Matheson's neighbour shows part of the jersey still hanging on the wall.
Our neighbors house horrifically burnt down today. It’s amazing though that the young boys Team Canada Sidney Crosby Jersey still remains on the wall. #resilience Maybe Sidney could sign a fresh jersey for him? @penguins pic.twitter.com/ONK6MzOPTs— CJP (@steakowski) May 4, 2020
Former pro coach and firefighter Chris Leinweber helped to make it happen; after hearing that Matheson's jersey was destroyed, Leinweber began to reach out to a number of contacts, eventually getting hold of Crosby, per CTV News.
Leinweber asked Crosby if he would consider signing another jersey.
Happily, the Pittsburgh Penguins player, who hails from Nova Scotia, granted Leinweber's request. He wrote on the jersey, "To Hudson, all the best, your friend, Sidney Crosby."
When the Matheson family lost its home to fire, @CNHA_Assoc president Amy Jepson rallied the community to replace a signed Crosby jersey.— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) July 29, 2020
Former pro/local coach & firefighter, Chris Leinweber is pictured presenting it to Hudson.
With love and support, like hockey does best. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/6wwpaPyrSL
Matheson reached out on his social media channels to thank former pro hockey player Mike Commodore and everyone else involved in securing the signed jersey for their help.
"We really appreciate everything," he wrote. "This is so amazing."
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