Who’s the big kid? Johnny Gaudreau surprises atom team at practice

Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau was the biggest kid on the ice Friday. ‘Johnny Hockey’ walked into a dressing room full of surprised atom players at a Calgary minor hockey practice, then gave them some free Bauer sticks and a little on-ice instruction.

When you’re nine years old, even a 5-foot-9, 150-pound NHLer looks like a giant.

Diminutive Calgary Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau was the biggest kid in the room on Friday night when he surprised a team of minor hockey players before practice.

Gaudreau walked into the Atom Blackfoot Chiefs’ dressing room in full Calgary Flames workout gear, much to the surprise of the nine- and 10-year-olds on the squad.

Gaudreau gave every kid on the team a free hockey stick (sponsored by Bauer), then hit the ice with them at the Acadia Recreation Centre for a full practice.

“I’m fortunate enough to play in the NHL,” Gaudreau told reporters after practice. “A lot of these kids have dreams and I’m just fortunate enough to meet some of them.”

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A handful of reporters and television cameras were at the arena to capture Gaudreau’s arrival.

According to CTV Calgary, most of the atom players had no idea Gaudreau was coming. They figured the cameras were there to cover their hot start.

At no point did any of the larger Blackfoot Chiefs carry ‘Johnny Hockey’ down the ice and use him to score.