Liam Fitzgerald, adorable kid who dapped Bruins players, already a superstar in life (vid)
A video featuring an adorable little kid fist-bumping Boston Bruins players as they stepped off the ice following pregame warmups before Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers is making its way around the Internet since a scene played out that was as awesome as it was heartwarming.
The video already has garnered over a half-million views on YouTube as of Thursday evening, making the youngster a certified online superstar.
But for those who already know a little about the the kid, he was a superstar long before charming people on the Internet.
The boy’s name is Liam Fitzgerald. He is an eight-year-old little man who has had to endure far more in his young life than folks more than five times his age.
Liam was born with Down syndrome and at the age of 4, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It took Liam three-and-a-half years, but Liam ultimately beat it.
Liam was given a seat next to the Bruins bench before the game, where he was reunited with Patrice Bergeron, who he met last season along with Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and ex-Bruins players Johnny Boychuk and Shawn Thornton when he and his family attended a game as a guest of defenseman Adam McQuaid.
Liam chats with Bergeron before the game! #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/zxrAJSdOR5
— Christine Fitzgerald (@cavannafitz) November 5, 2014
“It not the attention, it’s the smile they bring to his face,” his mother, Christine Fitzgerald said on Thursday per an interesting piece on Liam from Obnoxious Boston Fan on Boston.com . “I watch what [the Bruins] do at Children’s Hospital. The athletes take the gift they have of their fame down to a personal level. It goes beyond their hockey skill set and shows they are human. Giving back. Sharing their gift with others.”
Liam’s mother said that hockey is her son’s favorite sport and that he “recognizes the players” and “understands the game.”
She adds that Liam loves to “interview” the players, saying, “His favorite question of the players is: ‘What are the keys to the game?’ That’s probably what he asked Bergeron.”
Not only was Liam afforded a pretty sweet spot so he could interact with the players as they left the ice, he was also voted “Fan of the Game” on Tuesday night and proceeded to celebrate by dancing, blowing kisses to the crowd and waving to himself as he was shown on TD Garden’s Jumbotron.
Christine Fitzgerald is grateful for the entire Bruins organization for the first-class treatment she and her family received, but specifically praised the players for what they have done for her son.
“I can tell you they are the nicest group of guys,” she said. “The fact that they are these big, tough hockey players who take the time to talk to him. He just beams from ear to ear. It makes you love that team even more.”
Video: @HagerWBZ speaks with young fist-bumping fan who pumped up the #Bruins http://t.co/SkrJs6FJgp pic.twitter.com/p3xEobVihY
— WBZ Boston News (@cbsboston) November 6, 2014
What a story. But even more, what a kid.