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Edmonton Oilers remember young fan Ben Stelter: ‘So strong, so brave, such a fighter’

A member of the Edmonton Oilers shared a special fan’s grief and remembrance on Thursday after 6-year-old Ben Stelter passed away after battling a brain tumor.

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Oilers captain Conor McDavid said, “He was an amazing little guy who lit up every room he was in.

“Today is a very tough day for the entire Oilers family, all the fans, but most importantly the family,” he said. “Today is a terrible day and I am thinking of the entire Stelter family.”

At the age of 4, Ben was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor. He had surgery to remove the tumor, several rounds of chemotherapy and dozens of radiation treatments. But last December his tumor recurred and Ben started more radiation treatments over the winter.

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His family confirmed that he passed away on Tuesday night.

“The world lost its most special boy and absolute hero last night,” his father Mike Stelter said in a statement posted to Twitter on Wednesday. He was my best son and my best bud.

“There is a hole in our hearts the size of Ben and life will never be the same without you. I have.”

Ben captured the hearts of the team and the hockey world with a viral video cheering on the team. A huge Oilers fan, Ben’s dream was to meet McDavid. The two met last fall, and in March Ben slid into the center of the ice with his hero for the national anthem.

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“Ben meant so much to me, to my teammates,” McDavid said Thursday. “The relationship we built over the course of a year is something I will never forget.

“To share that moment with him…to see his face, to be close to him…not many people get to experience what ice feels like, what it sounds like. Going through it with him was really special to me and something I will always remember.”

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McDavid said he fell in love with Ben and his entire family after their first meeting.

“I loved being around him.

“What an amazing kid. So strong, so brave. Seeing someone go through that…especially a five or six year old was very inspiring. He was such a fighter.”


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Zach Hyman shared a memory of Ben attending the post-match press conference.

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“He wasn’t nervous or shy. He was ready and excited to be on stage.

“Some players would be nervous in front of a room full of media. This guy was excited and had a big smile on his face.

“Somebody asked him who his favorite player was and he looked at me and said ‘Conor,'” Hyman said with a laugh. “They had a really special connection.

“All the fans were chanting his name. It was a really cool moment… something I will cherish forever.

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Ben had a special energy about him, as Hyman agreed.

“As anyone who has met Ben will know…he could light up any room. I was a good boy.

“He impacted the entire hockey world. He will be sorely missed. He is an inspiration to all of us. added Hyman.

“We miss him.”


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Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said the loss had taken a toll on the team, and the entire team expressed their sincere condolences and condolences to Ben’s family.

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“As a father myself, I see first-hand the impact that professional athletes have on my children. was given.

“I was very impressed with the courage of the young people who defined what bright light is,” said Woodcroft.

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“For many people, it puts a lot into perspective in defining what is important in life. to see the lessons that must be learned.

“We lost a little boy who routinely displayed nothing but courage (and) he was able to inspire a team and inspire a city.

“It was special to me to see how he impacted so many people. But his spirit lives on.”


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