Maddie Santosuosso, a Topsfield 9-year-old who suffers from a rare tissue cancer, had her wish granted by the Bruins and the Make-A-Wish Foundation Wednesday.
Santosuosso picked out some hockey gear with Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask the week before, then got a chance to put that gear to good use when she took the practice ice with Rask and the team.
The guys didn't even let me finish talking when they saw her coming on," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "They started tapping their sticks. It goes to show you that those little things that we do are really important to those people and important to us. The guys just enjoy it. They could have gone off the ice, they could have done whatever they wanted, practice was over. They all stayed to give those extra shots and to spend time with her."
Rask told the Globe’s Amalie Benjamin, “I was pretty impressed. That was her first time wearing that, and she was skating around stopping pucks, so I was pretty impressed with her. It’s always fun to brighten up a kid’s day.”