Nine-Year-Old Make-A-Wish Recipient Joins Seattle Kraken Players on Ice

A nine-year-old boy recovering from leukemia skated alongside his favorite professional hockey players after Make-A-Wish partnered with the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday, January 24.

Make-A-Wish said that Jackson was in remission from his T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia diagnosis after “aggressive cancer treatment, including a blood transfusion and chemotherapy.”

Video provided by Make-A-Wish, which they said was filmed on Tuesday, shows Jackson living his dream of becoming a Kraken player at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena.

The organization said that “Jackson thought he was simply going to watch the team practice, but he got the surprise of a lifetime when he was outfitted with gear, including pads, and invited onto the ice to skate with the players as part of the team.” Jackson’s twin brother, Owen, joined in the experience.

Posts from the Seattle Kraken showed Jackson with his favorite player, goalie Philipp Grubauer. Credit: Make-A-Wish via Storyful

Video transcript


- Thanks.

- Woo! Go Jackson! Woo!

- Woohoo! Woo!

- Thank you guys so much for doing this.

- He's been waiting for such a long time.

- Can you hold that? Can you hold the helmet out in front of you? Look at me. Yeah, perfect. Now fix your dirty--


- Oh, that's so cute. Thank you, thank you.

- That's fine.

- Nice.

- Great job.


- Yeah, I don't have to ask what it is, but that works.

- Who's the best goalie?

- Jackson!

- Woo!


- I know. They got bad information.

- Sign the 3.

- Then you can change it.

- You can still sign it. I still want your autograph.

- Is it really 32?

- Yes.

- OK.

- Thank you so much.

- Thank you so much.

- Thank you.

- Will you sign my cuff?

- Thank you so much.


- The only other person that has it is for his mom.

- There, add his name.