Sometimes a FaceTime can go a long way.
That was the case when Anders Lee FaceTime called 17-year-old Alex Gross on Tuesday. Garrison was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and has continued to fight it even after being told he may only live a few more weeks after surgery in February, according to Empire Sports media.
Gross is a die-hard Islanders fan and was shocked when the Islanders’ captain called him on Tuesday. The call lasted five minutes and Anders Lee invited Gross to practice and a game.
Gross’ father Garrison recorded the conversation and posted the six and a half minute clip on Youtube. Gross can be heard discussing the upcoming season with Lee, the excitement over the team’s new home, UBS Arena, and their holiday plans.
— Garrison Gross (@GarrisonSpencer) December 23, 2020
“It was amazing to watch my son’s face light up when he got the call,” Garrison Gross told Empire Sports Media.
Lee has been known to be heavily involved within the community since he became an NHL regular. He has hosted an annual Kan Jam tournament to help raise money for organizations that support families affected by cancer.
Anders Lee, along with the rest of his teammates, is in the middle of preparing for the COVID-19 shortened 2020-21 NHL season, which will begin on Jan. 13. The Islanders will open training camp on Jan 3.
The expectation is that the Islanders will play games at the Nassau Coliseum this season without fans in the building to start the year.
The NHL released its COVID-19 protocols and a change to the offsides rule on Tuesday night in preparation for the start of the unique season ahead of them.