The perfect illustration of the big impact of a small gesture came when Minnesota forward Charlie Coyle turned and waved to a youngster behind the glass during the Wild's pregame warm-ups on Sunday. The boy's thrilled reaction was adorable.
What Coyle did shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has spent time around professional hockey players.
They are so gifted and graceful at interacting with their young fans.
Around the Los Angeles Kings' practice facility in El Segundo, you often hear excited squeals from youngsters when they simply spot a player, much less get the chance to exchange hellos. It really never gets old.