Tootoo signs hockey stick for young Griffins fan

Camden and Jordin Tootoo. (Courtesy: Grand Rapids Griffins Youtube Channel)
Camden and Jordin Tootoo. (Courtesy: Grand Rapids Griffins Youtube Channel)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Five-year-old Camden Smith received the surprise of a lifetime when his favorite Griffins player, Jordin Tootoo, handed him his hockey stick.

Tootoo has since taken the surprise one step further, signing that stick for Camden.

The video of Smith’s reaction to Tootoo’s gift has received more than two million views since it was posted online in April.

Smith was standing near the ice when he encountered Tootoo, a 31-year-old right wing for the Griffins, during pre-game warm-ups on April 18. When Tootoo passed Smith, he gave him his stick.

“It’s definitely been amazing…just the quickness that a viral video can take off,” said Camden’s dad, Brett Smith.

But the story doesn’t end there.

Before game Game 4 of the Calder Cup Playoffs Wednesday night, Tootoo autographed the hockey stick for Camden.

Watch Camden’s entire interview with 24 Hour News 8 above.

“Before he was even able to walk, he was holding a hockey stick playing on his knees,” said Brett Smith.

Camden went to his first Griffins’ game at 4 months old, and says one day he wants to play for the Griffins.

Click here to watch video of the interaction, posted to YouTube by the Griffins, or watch below.

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