An autograph on a jersey? It’s been done.
Nine-year-old Rosie McRackan, a sled hockey player born without a right leg or left arm below her elbow, got to meet Carolina Hurricanes goalie James Reimer after Tuesday’s game.
She asked Reimer if he would sign her artifical hip.
Already adorned with some cool superhero artwork, Reimer obliged, signing right above Supergirl.
“It was exciting,” Rosie told NHL.com of meeting Reimer and coach Rod Brind’Amour and many others after the team’s 6-3 win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. “It was so much fun.”
Tweet from @HurricanesSled: Would like to thank the @Canes for a wonderful night. The majority of our youth team made it to @PNCArena for the game last night and a few of them were able to end the evening with some meet and greets with a few of the players and staff. A huge thank you to Don Waddell, pic.twitter.com/X6daEjjDOQ
Rosie, like Reimer, is also a hockey player. She is currently in her third year of sled hockey, this season with the Hurricanes Sled Hockey team.
“I love it so much,” Rosie said of her sled hockey practices and scrimmage games, which are every Saturday morning. “It feels so nice to be out there sledding around on the ice.”
The Hurricanes Sled Hockey program provides an opportunity for disabled youth and adults to play hockey.
“Rosie is an extremely passionate, driven & talented athlete and we are elated to see her light shine for all to see,” said Kris Kenney, executive director of Hurricanes sled hockey.
It’s her third season according to her father, Robert McRakan, who also attended the game along with mom, Jessica and siblings Amber, 7, and Hazel, 4.
And Rosie is showing no signs of slowing down. The family hasn’t traveled to any competitive sled hockey tournaments just yet, but that could very well be in her future.
But wherever she goes, she now has her souvenir signature.