OTTAWA – Last week, Keila Penner was told to remove her Ottawa Senators jersey when she went to her Montreal-area school.
Tonight, the 11-year-old hockey fan will be watching from Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk’s personal suite as Ottawa hosts the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of their first-round NHL playoff series.
Keila’s father, Cary, grew up in Ottawa and is a die-hard Sens fan.
Keila grew up as one too, even though the family now lives in Lachine, Que., near Montreal.
The Senators brought Keila and her family from Lachine by limo for the game and will be presenting her with a new jersey — autographed by the whole team — to wear at tonight’s game.
Keila was told she couldn’t wear her Sens jersey at school because it was Habs Jersey Day.
“The school made a rule it was going to be only Habs jerseys (that) day, or the school uniform,” Cary Penner told Ottawa radio station 1310News. “My daughter wanted to go in her (Sens) jersey and I supported her 100 per cent.”
Keila says she was thrilled by the offer to watch the game from Melnyk’s personal suite at Scotiabank Place.
“I think that’s amazing,” said Keila. “I was speechless; I didn’t know what to say.”