A terminally ill Hamilton-area boy who was denied a chance to take part in a public skate was a guest of the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday.

Tucker Patterson, 3, watched a team practice and met several players at the Air Canada Centre, then the family went for a skate.

It happened two weeks after Tucker’s parents were told they couldn’t take their son for a public skate at a rink near their home.

Tucker, named for former Leaf Darcy Tucker, suffers from Leigh’s disease, a terminal genetic disorder.

Management at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment heard the story and called the family.

Tucker’s father, David, said he wouldn’t have expected this kind of thing to happen and called it “just amazing for us.”

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