Toronto Maple Leafs star Mitchell Marner remembers being a young fan, seeing his hockey idols in the flesh for the first time.
So when he happened to see Maple Leafs fan Mark Beretta tweet a photo of his daughter en route to Mitch’s Las Vegas game, Mitch decided to keep an eye out for her in the stands.
Mark had posted a few photos on Twitter that day, documenting his family’s first trip to the game at Gila River Arena. Mark was especially proud to share pictures of his daughter holding up the signs she made ahead of the game.
“Made it to Vegas! Long way for her first game. Mitchell Marner, your biggest fan is looking for you!” Mark tweeted at the player. The girl’s sign read, “Hey Mitch!!!! Be My Valentine?!”
Like most people who tweet at celebrities, we doubt Mark ever thought that Mitchell would even see it. Yet Mitch said he definitely noticed the tweet and decided to seek out child if possible. Then, during warm ups, he spotted the little girl’s adorable sign, scooped up a nearby puck and tossed it over the glass to her.
The little girl was clearly delighted, but Mitchell wasn’t done granting her wishes just yet. Gesturing towards the sign, he asked if she’d like to take a photo with him. The look on her face tells you everything you need to know about her level of excitement!
Just look at those eyes! She is just too cute for words! Mitchell later told the press that seeing fans like the Berettas in the stands makes playing the game all the sweeter.
“It was great,” he said. “I’ve said it multiple times, playing (for the Leafs) is a blessing. We have a lot of great fans, a lot of great fans who travel with us. Before the game I saw one of her family members tweeted they were there, so as soon as I got on the ice I was looking for (the sign). Pretty cool interaction.”
The Beretta family was quick to jump back on Twitter to thank Mitchell for the wonderful interaction. “You made her life,” Mark wrote.
The only person who might not have been smiling over Mitchell agreeing to be this girl’s Valentine is his girlfriend, Steph Lachance. Don’t worry, though; he was sure to tweet out an adorable apology. We’re certain she’ll forgive him once she gets a look at this child’s sweet face!
As if this wasn’t already a happy ending, the Maple Leafs won the game against the Vegas Golden Knights 6-3 that night. Bonus! We just love seeing pros like Mitchell honoring the people who look up to them! This is one moment this little girl will never, ever forget. Just a simple moment of kindness made this girl a lifelong fan!
Watch Mitchell skating over to make this little girl’s dream come true in the video below, and don’t forget to share this heartwarming moment with others!
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 15, 2019
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