Meeting his Hockey Hero
Kameron’s dream to meet Corey Schneider created memories that will last a lifetime
His Hockey Hero
Ten-year-old Kameron likes hockey and he really likes goalies. “I’m a goalie person,” he says. His favourite goalie is Corey Schneider of the New Jersey Devils, because he “just likes how he gets results.” When he applied for his dream, he included a letter about what he wanted most – to meet his favourite goalie and watch him play live.
Kameron is a straight-A student from Windsor who lives with congenital amyoplasia, a condition which means that he doesn’t have the use of his arms or legs. His dad, Greg, describes his son as “happy- go-lucky and outgoing.” He also has a great sense of humour as he talks about his dream.
Sunshine arranged a week in the Devil’s hometown for Kameron and his family, starting with attending a practice at the Prudential Center, the home of the New Jersey Devils. Kameron happily lists the names of several hockey players he met before coming to his favourite. “I met Corey Schneider. We had a good talk and then we talked with the coach.” The coach gave him a tour of the dressing room and the gym before the family headed out to have an ice cream lunch.
The talk with Schneider is still clear in his mind. “Corey Schneider is way taller than I thought he would be. He was more humorous than I thought he would be. He asked me about school and how I was doing.” Kameron makes sure to point out that the Devils ended up winning the game he attended the next night. “After that game, I went to meet him again. Schneider gave me a game-used stick. He signed it and wrote a note to go with it. It said that he’ll always be my friend.”
When Kameron talks about the importance of the dream, his response speaks to his sense of adventure. “I haven’t been too many places outside of Canada. So, it’s nice to get out of Canada and experience new stuff.” His dad thinks about it in a different way. “I think the importance for us was that it’s something outside the box,” says Greg. “It’s not something you’re going to be able to do on your own. Without Sunshine arranging this, we couldn’t hope to have this kind of experience.
“It’s a memory that we’ll always have and treasure.”