On a night in honor of PK Subban, the former Canadian-Canadian defender caught the attention of another.
There, in front of 21,000 screaming fans, seven-year-old Mila Goolab had her moment.
Goolab joined Subban on ice when he was honored at the Bell Center on Thursday.
“He said, ‘I was going to cry, but when I saw you smiling, I stopped crying,'” Mila said.
Mila has accompanied Subban as a representative of the countless children who have been helped by his foundation.
Kevin Goolab, Mila’s father, told CTV News: “Watching my daughter play on the ice, hearing people chant her name at the Bell Center… was surreal.
“It was his night, he didn’t have to bring my daughter on the ice with him, he shared it with her.”
At 17 months old, Mila was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a rare inflammation of the spinal cord.
During her treatment, she has her PK Subban doll by her side and won’t miss a single match while watching in the ward.
And even though his playing career is over, Subban says his support for the hospital won’t end.
“I look forward to spending more time in the city and being able to do more, especially for the hospital,” Subban told reporters on Thursday.
For Mila and her family, that meant helping her through treatment with someone she describes as her best friend.