‘It was unbelievable’ — Bolts host young cancer patient at morning skate

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The Tampa Bay Lightning had a new player on the ice for their morning skate on Saturday.

Weston Hermann, 11, took part in the Bolts’ skate prior to tonight’s contest with the Anaheim Ducks, getting a chance to partake in drills with a number of Lightning players, lead the stretch and score a goal on the rush.

Weston was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2014, according to NHL.com, and has undergone numerous rounds of chemotherapy since then.

“It was unbelievable,” said Weston of his experience with the Lightning. “It was really fun. I am hoping to play with [Stamkos] when I get older. He has [seven years left on an eight-year] contract now. If he signs another contract I can still play with him.”

“Everything is on the ice and you leave everything behind, so when you’re out there, you don’t think about how you have to have surgery next week, because you’re out on the ice doing what you love to do best,” Weston’s mother, Marcie, told the Tampa Bay Times.

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