Matthew Tkachuk cheers up young Flames fan on his birthday (VIDEO)

Mar 20 2020, 10:59 am

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone in different ways.

For George, a young Calgary Flames fan, it means putting a damper on his birthday.

Enter Flames star Matthew Tkachuk to the rescue, as the 22-year-old forward provided a heartwarming moment — at a social distance of course.

Tkachuk called George on FaceTime from his home in St Louis. Wearing a #19 Tkachuk jersey, the shy youngster listened to words of encouragement from his hockey hero.


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“I just wanted to call to wish you a happy birthday,” Tkachuk said after telling George how much he loved seeing his jersey.

“I know this is probably hard with everything going on but you have to make sure — I know you’re giving up a lot today on your birthday. It’s probably hard not to have a party or anything like that but we’re all going through it right now and everyone’s got to practice social distancing. I’m at home with my family right now too.”

“Just get through it, buddy.”

Safe to say, Tkachuk brightened this boy’s day.