Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Oilers' Smyth helps woman celebrate 101st birthday
ESPN.com news services
Lilian Hosking has seen a lot in her lifetime, but the Edmonton woman had just one wish for her 101st birthday:
Run her hands through the hair of Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Smyth.
According to a report in The Edmonton Sun, the woman got her wish at the Meadowcroft Senior's Residence on Monday, just one day after turning 101.
"It was my wish to see Smitty," Hosking told the newspaper. "I can't believe he's here. I love to watch him skate up and down the ice and bang in goals. And I love his hair. I hope he never cuts it."
Smyth surprised Hosking at the seniors' home with a cake, an autographed No. 101 Oilers jersey and two puck-shaped brownies.
The newspaper said Hosking hugged Smyth and ran her hand through his hair. The Oilers star began to blush.
"Now I'll have to bring back the Stanley Cup for you, too," Smyth told Hosking.
"The young fans are important because they're our future," Smyth told The Sun. "But seniors are the ones who paved the way for us to live the lives we do."
Said Hosking: "I never expected this. It's really too much. It's been the best birthday of my life."
Smyth has 13 goals and nine assists in 22 games for the Oilers, who are tied with Phoenix for seventh overall in the Western Conference with 32 points.