Dallas Stars center Mike Modano has entertained and brought excitement to countless hockey fans over the years with his electrifying performance on the ice, but it was his time and personal attention off the ice that truly touched 18-year-old Scott Park.
Park, who has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair, had his longtime dream fulfilled Thursday and Friday when he got to meet Modano, have lunch with him and even play some games with him. He also had the honor of dropping the ceremonial first puck for Modano and Anaheim captain Scott Niedermayer before Friday night's Stars game with the Ducks at the American Airlines Center.
As part of the Sunshine Dreams for Kids program, a Canadian non-profit charity organization that helps grant wishes to children challenged by severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illness, Scott and his parents, Carlos and Deborah, left their small town of Cox's Cove, Newfoundland in Canada and traveled to Dallas.
Scott's wish was to meet Modano, and a year after Deborah made the first call trying to arrange the adventure, the Parks arrived in the United States for the first time. None of them had ever been to an NHL game before, and were excited to view the Stars practice Thursday at the Dr Pepper StarsCenter in Frisco.
Scott's excitement at meeting the Stars players afterwards was palpable and infectious. "He's really excited," Carlos said of a beaming Scott at the practice facility. "He hasn't slept really for a couple of nights and right now he's really happy."