Local boy lives out his hockey dream, joins Lake Erie Monsters

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CLEVELAND - Friday night, the Lake Erie Monsters' newest player finally took the ice.

Four-year-old Robert Gibson's wish to become a hockey player came true as he skated through the tunnel and took part in player introductions.

Gibson even got to drop the puck before the Monsters took on the Manitoba Moose at The Q Friday night.

"That's all he talks about is running through the tunnel, we even pretend at home. It's one of his favorite things to do. That was a great thing to happen to him," said Chris, his dad.

Robert played with the Monsters thanks to A Special Wish Foundation, which is based right here in Cleveland.

Robert's parents say he was born with kidney disease and has undergone 14 surgeries throughout his short lifetime

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