He was referred to as the Edmonton Oilers' good luck charm. The family of Ben Stelter, the six-year-old who was battling cancer, has confirmed the boy has died.
"The world lost the most special boy and an absolute hero last night. 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." Mike Stetler, father
Ben was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a brain tumour which tends to be rare for children his age, over a year ago. After his dad posted photos of him in an Edmonton jersey following the diagnosis, the Oilers reached out, and Ben became a common fixture at Edmonton games and functions. Even other NHL teams posted photos with him, wishing him well in his battle.
This must be a heart-breaking time for Ben's family. Our thoughts are with them, and all of Ben's friends and fans. Our sincere condolences.