A Lightning Strike during COVID-19 Scores for Patients

Posted on Aug 07, 2020

Ten-year-old Izzy knows how to seize an opportunity. During a surprise virtual visit with Tampa Bay Lightning player Pat Maroon, Izzy asks him if he wants to watch her play air hockey. 

How could he say no?

Izzy grabs a computer and marches to a Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital recreation room. She carefully angles the computer so Maroon can watch her and turns on the air hockey table. Soon, she’s showing off her moves for Maroon, who played for the 2019 Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. 

“You’re really good,” he says. 

Lightning players and other celebrities often visit children at the hospital, but the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has limited in-person visitation. The virtual visit is a way to cheer the kids from afar.

It makes an impression on Izzy. After the visit, a beaming Izzy looks at her mom, Chrissy, and says: “A real hockey player just watched me play hockey!” 


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