The Calgary Flames joined heartbroken fans and other NHL hockey clubs in offering their condolences to the family of Ben Stelter. 

The six-year-old who stole the hearts of hockey fans and Canadians alike died yesterday after a lifelong battle with cancer. Ben was a superfan of his beloved home team, the Edmonton Oilers.

Ben's father, Mike Stelter wrote on his Twitter that the world lost the most special boy and an absolute hero

"Ben, you were the best son we could ever hope for and you were my best bud ever. Your sisters were so lucky to have you as such a sweet brother. You fought so long and hard and beat so many odds. You truly changed the world and did so much good in your short time here. Mom and I are so proud of you. You had a bigger heart than anyone we’ve ever met. Our hearts are left with a Ben-sized hole in them and life will never be the same without you. We are absolutely crushed."


"Our deepest condolences go out to Ben's family and friends. Ben was an incredible source of inspiration to everyone who knew him and his story, epitomizing courage, kindness, and bravery," read a Flames tweet.




The National Hockey League in their statement said that Ben's passing deeply saddened them. 

"Ben's courageous fight with brain cancer and his enjoy when attending Oilers games touched and inspired so many."

Ben was diagnosed with glioblastoma shortly before his fifth birthday. 

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