Horrible news from the sports world… Ben SteelerThe 6-year-old Edmonton Oilers super fan who was battling brain cancer has died, his father announced Wednesday.
“The world lost the most special boy and an absolute hero last night,” Ben’s dad wrote on social media.
He continued… “Well, you were the best son we could have hoped for, and you were my best friend. Your sisters were so lucky to have you as such a nice brother.”
“You fought so long and hard and beat so many odds,” he added.
Ben – who was diagnosed with glioblastoma (an aggressive type of cancer that can arise in the brain or spinal cord) about a year and a half ago – had the chance to meet the Oilers team in March, accompanying even the team captain Connor McDavid on the ice before a game.
That night, Ben – preparing for another stint of chemotherapy – wore a personalized Oilers jersey with his last name “Stelter” and number 2 … as fans and players gave their support and encouragement.
Ben attended many Oilers games throughout the season…and became a lucky charm for the team, as evidenced by their impressive record with him in attendance.
“Ben is coming to the game tonight and has his eye on the cup,” Mike wrote in June. “The @EdmontonOilers are 10-0 with Ben in the Rogers Place building. #LetsGoOilers #BenOilersStrong.”
The organization addressed Ben’s passing online, tweeting… “We mourn the passing of our dear friend, number one #Oilers fan, lucky charm and inspiration, Ben Stelter. Although small in stature , Ben’s impact on our team and our community has been huge. Play La Bamba, baby. 💙🧡”
The Oilers were knocked out of the playoffs by the Avalanche in WCF Game 4. Colorado won the Stanley Cup.
We will forever miss Ben’s presence on the ice and in the locker room in the future.