PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins are playing their last home game of the preseason.READ MORE: Sheetz Raises Hourly Wages By $2 For All Employees Permanently, Introduces Summer Stimulus Program
But, between practices, Evgeni Malkin and assistant coach Sergei Gonchar made a special trip to the Children’s Home and Lemieux Family Center to see 15-year-old Hayden Hamilton.
The Laurel Junior Senior High School football player suffered severe spinal injuries in a game last month.
When Malkin learned he was Hayden’s favorite player, he wanted to stop by to show his support.READ MORE: Stacy Smith To Retire From KDKA-TV On May 30
“It’s important, your hero support you. It’s fun to just have five, 10 minutes, and I hope his mood lifts up and he’s better tomorrow and every day step by step, he feels better,” Malkin said.
Hayden’s family says he was completely stunned by the visit.
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His family says his recovery is making progress and they hope he’ll be discharged mid-November.