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November 07, 2014 11:40 AM

Die-hard hockey fan Liam Fitzgerald had the best seats in the house for a recent Boston Bruins warmup.

The team treated the excited 8-year-old and his dad to spots on the bench, so the pair could watch practice up close, reports CBS Boston.

Thrilled by the Bruins’ ice work, Liam offered fist bumps to the entire hockey team as they stepped off the ice, and the skaters were just as happy to bump back.

“You can see his excitement to be there,” said defenseman Adam McQuaid. “It’s special for him. But it’s also very special for us.”

Liam has Down syndrome and has successfully battled leukemia. The little hockey fan has been cancer-free for the past year and a half and is feeling great.

Liam was invited to the Bruins Hockey Fights Cancer event in October but was unable to attend, so the team put together a special night for him during Tuesday’s game.

Along with receiving fist bumps from the entire team, Liam was also named fan of the game and got to meet several of his favorite players – a big moment for one of the Bruins’s most devoted fans.

“When he goes to a game, by the end, more people than not know who he is and feed off his joy and energy,” said Liam’s father, Bill Fitzgerald.

The Bruins are certainly no strangers to making kids smile. Team members recently visited a children’s hospital dressed up as the characters of Frozen – gowns included.

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