|ONE SELFLESS ACT FULFILLS THE DREAM OF ANOTHER
Jack Edwards was selected as one of the winners of the "Every Kids Dream Contest" where he would skate with the Vancouver Canucks during their pre-game skate and also join them on the blue line for the national anthems. BC Hockey called to let the family know Jack had won and chatted with his mom and sister as Jack was out playing street hockey. "Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Is this a joke?" his mom Karen asked at first. "He is going to be so excited," she finally got out through tears of joy. "I can't believe this. Jack is going to be super excited," his sister said. "This really is his dream."
Once the news sunk in, Jack told his parents he wanted to give up his opportunity to skate with the Canucks so his buddy and teammate, Brett Cerrutti, could have the chance instead. Brett had just returned home to Summerland after spending some time in the BC Children's Hosipital battling a rare disease.
While keeping this BIG secret from his buddy, Jack and Brett traveled to Rogers Arena with their dads. Once they arrived, Jack told the news to Brett. "Brett, I am giving you the chance to skate with the Canucks instead of me." Brett was stunned at first and then realized he didn't have his gear with him to skate on the ice. "Actually, it's in my hockey bag," Jack told him. "It is?" Brett questioned and confused how it got there. "Yah. Your mom dropped if off last night and we brought it down." And with that, Brett headed to get suited up for his big moment!
Although Brett had his big moment on the ice, Jack had his off the ice. Watching his friend live out what every kid dreams of doing, was something special he will never forget. "I knew when I made the decision that I was doing the right thing."
"I felt like I wasn't even alive. It's crazy," Brett said after he got off the ice. "I thought I woke up from a dream."
Fast forward a few months to the BC Hockey Awards Banquet where Jack was awarded with the prestigious President's Award.
There was not a dry eye in the house after the video played at the gala. The crowd rose to their feet, holding tissues to their face as Jack approached the stage with confidence and a huge smile on his face. BC Hockey President, Randy Henderson, welcomed Jack to the stage and said a few words before presenting him with the honour. "I could not be proud to present this young man this award. You have earned the respect and admiration of your peers and the entire membership of BC Hockey. You and your family should be very proud."
Without skipping a beat, Jack read his acceptance speech like a pro. "I am very humbled and honoured to receive this award. I did not expect any of this to happen. I just wanted Brett to have the opportunity to live out his dream." The crowd rose to their feet once more.
Jack was selected for the President's Award for his selfless act of kindness and generosity. At such a young age, he already knows the value of being humble and grateful and the true meaning of friendship, sportsmanship and comradery.