Patrick Kane’s act of kindness for young Blackhawks fan goes viral

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is getting praise on social media for taking the time to make a special memory for a young fan.

Shannon Mercer posted a photo of Kane with her 8-year-old son to the Hawks Facebook page in hopes that the right winger would see it, she said.

Here's how she described what happened:

"My boy was standing on the front steps of the hotel you were staying at in Edmonton today, anxiously awaiting a glimpse of you. When the bus pulled up, he said he could feel his heart beating and when you came down the steps of that bus, you could have ignored my 8 year old who waiting to see you with stars in his eyes, but you didn't. You motioned for him to come to you, where you took the time to ask his name, his age, who his FAVORITE player is (you of course🙂, you signed his hat AND his stick and you gave my boy a most special and amazing memory that he will never, ever forget."

She went on to say that her son described the meeting as "his best Christmas gift," adding "from the bottom of this Mama bears heart, thank you for taking the time to share yourself with my little boy today."

Mercer posted the photo Monday, and the team replied on Tuesday saying, "Hi Shannon, Patrick has seen your post and enjoyed meeting your son. Thanks for sharing!"

The photo has gone viral with over 52,000 likes, and 9,300 shares.