Last Thursday, Alyssa Koeppler helped her 5-year-old neighbor Kyle prepare for his first event ahead of kindergarten – a Teddy Bear Picnic. His elementary school in Lake in the Hills offers new kindergarteners the opportunity to meet with their teacher, read a book and eat some cookies to ease into the new school year.
Alyssa, who watches her neighbor during the day, instructed Kyle to pick out a stuffed animal for the Teddy Bear Picnic.
“Kyle ran upstairs and without any hesitation at all,” Alyssa explained, “brought his [Patrick] Kane doll with him.”
Alyssa posted a photo of Kyle proudly holding his “Kaner” doll on Twitter. According to Alyssa, the 5-year-old sleeps with the plush every night.
“During every Blackhawks game, Kyle is cheering Kane on and always looking for him on the ice,” said Alyssa.
Looks like Kaner has found himself a fan for life.