Ryder's Wish

Ryder, 5, is smart, friendly and a very big hockey fan. He loves playing hockey in his driveway and dreams of learning to play like a pro. Ryder admires many people (his parents included), but what he really wanted was to meet his hero, Connor McDavid.

On his wish day, Ryder joined the Edmonton Oilers for a practice.  The day began when Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot’s surprise video message welcomed Ryder and several other wish children and their families to Rogers Place and into the folds of their team’s tight-knit crew. Sporting their very own, personally crested Oilers jersey atop their hockey gear, the kids were eager to join the big-league players on the ice as they filed out of the change room to walk down the players’ tunnel in their own miniature version of the game-night march.. Ryder acted as the team’s coach on the ice then interviewed Conner and the other players in the Oilers dressing room. “On a day like today…it reminds us that there’s a lot more to this than just being a hockey player,” said Connor McDavid. “Seeing the smiles on everyone’s face…it brings a smile to your face.”

“This was a wonderful experience for our whole family,” says Ryder’s mom.

Photo by Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club

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