Canucks’ Boeser taking student with Down syndrome to prom

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning talks about meeting with Thatcher Demko and Brock Boeser.

Vancouver Canucks prospect Brock Boeser is going to prom.

The 19-year-old right wing is taking student Baylee Bjorge, who was born with Down syndrome, to Grand Forks Central’s prom on Saturday night, according to the Grand Forks Herald.

Bjorge created a Twitter account to ask Boeser if he would join her at prom. Katie Marcotte, Bjorge’s mother, was unaware that she had asked Boeser to prom and shut down the account.

Boeser got a phone number for Marcotte from a mutual friend and texted her Tuesday night to see if Bjorge was still available to be taken.

Bjorge, 20, wasn’t planning on going to prom but she and her family quickly found a dress and are returning from vacation in Florida just in time for the big day.

“I’m excited,” Bjorge said. “It’s amazing.”

Boeser, who is Bjorge’s favourite player, was drafted in the first round of last year’s NHL draft by the Canucks. He won a national championship this past season as a freshman with the University of North Dakota.

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