The Chicago Blackhawks are the equivalent of a modern day NHL dynasty both on and off the ice (though how they dealt with Patrick Kane’s situation was a bit of a mess though). They’ve been running a campaign recently called #WhatsYourGoal, which asked Blackhawks fans to tell the team of their own personal goals and dreams related to the team, and a few of them would become reality.

A young woman named Emilie told the Blackhawks about a boy she babysits named Ben. Ben was born with a condition that makes it hard for him to use his arms and legs, meaning looking after him is a challenge. Ben is a big Blackhawks fan and wanted to meet a few of his heroes, and Emilie ended up getting some extra help for a day.

Corey Crawford joined Emilie for a day, and came with a new Blackhawks jersey for Ben and another surprise too.

After helping him strap on his new braces emblazoned with the Blackhawks logo, the two went outside to play some street hockey and were joined by Hawks forwards Teuvo Teravainen and Andrew Shaw. If you watch the video, have a box of tissues handy. You’ll need it.

Sometimes we can all be a bit cynical about these sort of stories, but seeing what just a few hours will do for kids like Ben washes all of it away.

[CBS Sports]

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