Brendan O'Callaghan, an 11-year-old boy who was severely injured in a bus crash that killed a student and teacher in New Jersey last Thursday, can thank Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist for making him smile for the first time since the horrific accident.
O'Callaghan has been in the hospital since the accident with a broken collarbone, punctured lung, fractured temple bone, and bruised orbital bone. His father, Arnie, said that his son has no recollection of the incident as he asks if he is in a bad dream.
O'Callaghan, who is a fifth-grader from Paramus, N.J., has been in constant pain during his hospital stay. But it was a gift from his favorite hockey player that generated his first smile in days.
It was a Rangers team doctor that heard O'Callaghan was a fan of the team, and he asked a team trainer if they could do anything for him, according to senior VP of public relations John Rosasco. It was Lundqvist who, then, sent over a signed stick and wrote a hand-written letter saying, "You're in our thoughts and our prayers. Best wishes, the New York Rangers."
Arnie said that gesture was one his son would never forget.
"It was the look on (my) son's face when he received it, it enlightened everyone," he told NJ.com. "It was a light of hope."
When O'Callaghan gets better, Rosasco said that the team plans on giving him one more surprise as well.