A kind gesture by an NHL player won over the heart of a young girl - and likely thousands more fans in the process.
Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene picked up the tab on a jersey signed by the Boston Bruins at a charity auction in Ontario. The girl's father had collected $500 from friends and family to bid on the jersey - which included the signature of Bruins' all-star defenseman Zdeno Chara, his daughter's favorite player - to lift her spirits after a recent bullying at school.
But, as the father wrote on the website of the Minden Times in Ontario, the bidding for the jersey quickly exceeded his "cool daddy fund."
"My $500 maximum was reached within about 48 seconds, I extended myself to $800 (heart pounding), but the Bruins jersey would belong to someone else," Wayde Greer wrote.
As Greer began to give up, he said Duchene whispered to him, "Get it for her. I've got you covered."
The bids quickly rose to $1,600, when Greer saw Duchene holding up two fingers across the table. He confirmed the $2,000 bid with the 22-year-old athlete and won the auction.
Duchene finished the gesture with a birthday card for the girl, who celebrated her 11th birthday on July 6, signed "Happy birthday Trista, from your friend Matt Duchene."
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