She called it “the chance of a lifetime” when she found out she was hand-picked by the Calgary Flames to attend their playoff game last night.
And 13-year-old Flames fan Mikayla Kardynal made sure to bring the Flames poster she painted with red, yellow and orange water colours that helped her get the seats for the game.
“I was really surprised that they picked me to go to the game,” she modestly said. “I was so excited. I have never been to a game before and I have always wanted to.”
Kardynal brought her stepfather to the game and said she wants to attend more games in the future.
“I just like them a lot because I live in Calgary and they are a good team. I like Kipper,” she added.
The tickets couldn’t have been made possible without the help of Kids Up Front, a program that helps children get tickets to events they might not otherwise be able to get.
When the Flames saw the effort Kardynal put into her Flames poster, they gave the extra tickets for her to attend, Kids Up Front spokesperson Kari Scarlett said.
Kardynal’s teacher Aaron Rudy said she deserved the tickets because she has never seen a game before.
“And this will probably make her an even bigger Flames fan for life now,” he added. “It was really great of them to do that.”