Canucks meet Anthony

Josh Winquist

UPDATE: 4:36 p.m.

Four-year-old Anthony Relvas is a pretty remarkable little boy. He is sweet and positive and friendly, and he really, really, really likes Batman. I mean a lot.

In November of 2016, Anthony was diagnosed with neuroblastoma — it is a type of cancer that forms in certain types of nerve tissue. 

Anthony and his family are from Kelowna, but stay at Ronald McDonald House when he's undergoing treatment in Vancouver at BC Children's Hospital. 

"The team is remarkable," says Lindsay Relvas, Anthony's mom. "He plays Power Rangers with the oncologists and runs around with some of his nurses when he's feeling good."

They have been in Vancouver this time since Dec. 26. 

Anthony didn't really get a Christmas this year, but he did get a pretty cool present: A Batbot Xtreme. It is big and badass. It stands about two-feet tall and shoots missiles, and Anthony likes to show his Batbot Xtreme to all his visitors.

Anthony and the other kids at BC Children's Hospital received a surprise visit this week, not by Batman, but by some other pretty super guys — the Vancouver Canucks.  

Anthony doesn't know who the Canucks are, he's only four. But he was happy to see the players, but mostly because he got to show off his Batbot Xtreme.

"Anthony mostly showed off his toys," says his mom. "So he was shooting some of the players with it. And then, you know, he showed them his favourite Lego set, which is the Ultimate Batmobile, which he bought with some Christmas money from his godparents, and they were all,'ooh, and ahh.' 

The Canucks players were on hand to officially open the new Vancouver Canucks-themed playroom, which gives kids and families the elements of the game for when they can't get to the rink.

"They were having so much fun, and they were really into it," Anthony's mom said. "It was almost like they came here to see him. That's the way they acted. He was the star."

Anthony is still undergoing treatment. He'll be in Vancouver until the end of February, but he's made some pretty cool friends.

"They were really nice," Anthony told his mom. "They weren't even a little bit mean."

Anthony has been responding to treatment this time exactly how doctors would hope, "and those are the words of the doctors," says his mom. "That is that is good. That is just remarkable." 

ORIGINAL: 10:15 a.m.

Plenty of gap-toothed grins to go around at BC Children's Hospital this week.

That's because the Sedins and other Canucks stars paid a visit to spread the love and cut the ribbon.

The Sedins and rookie sensation Brock Boeser, were on hand to officially open the new Vancouver Canucks themed playroom which provides many elements of the game for those unable to get to the rink.

"Every time you get to come do an experience like this for the kids it's really special," said rookie Brock Boeser.

"To get to know some of these kids, it's really fun and awesome just to see how much we can make their day."

Boeser said the other players were also really excited to visit, saying it's one of their favourite engagements every year.

The playroom is decked out in Canuck colours and has classic games, like air hockey, photos of players and of course a big screen TV.

-with files from CTV

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