November is Hockey Fights Cancer month and the New York Rangers are doing their part to bring a smile to one cancer survivor.
Connor McMahon, 17, is a three-time cancer survivor but has been cleared of the disease for two years. Now he helps other kids with cancer by providing them with backpacks that say the word “Hope” to teach them to never give up.
On Wednesday, McMahon appeared on Good Morning America with his parents to share his story. During the interview, he talked about how playing hockey and cheering for the New York Rangers played a part in his recovery.
“When I was diagnosed with cancer, hockey was kind of my escape,” he said.
Hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines then brought out Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist to surprise McMahon with two signed jerseys, one signed by Lundqvist and another featuring McMahon’s last name. Lundqvist also invited him to a game, including a tour of the locker room and a chance to meet other Rangers players.
“I have my own kids now and I don’t know how you battled through it, but it’s inspiring,” Lundqvist said.
You can watch the full segment in the video below.