C3 Sr. Client Service Coordinator, Malinda Perryman, is an avid hockey fan and a Dallas Stars season ticket holder since 1996. In September of last year, she signed up for a group meet and greet with her favorite player, Jamie Langenbrunner, a retired member of the Dallas Stars and former Olympic team captain. In January, however, Malinda was diagnosed with cancer, and she chose to schedule her chemotherapy sessions around the meet and greet. In appreciation of her commitment as a fan, the Dallas Stars arranged for a private meeting between Langenbrunner and Malinda before a Stars match at American Airlines Center.
At the meeting, Malinda was able to talk to Langenbrunner about her ongoing treatment and their shared love of hockey. Langenbrunner cheerfully autographed a Dallas Stars jersey for her, as well as a banner of himself that previously hung in Reunion Arena, which Malinda purchased at a silent auction when the stars moved to American Airlines Center. The moment was captured on video and shared by the Dallas Stars. After the meeting, Malinda watched the game with Langenbrunner and other former Stars players in the alumni suite at American Airlines Center.
The meeting was made possible in part by the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, which supports fans and families who are living with and moving past cancer.
After the meeting, Malinda reflected on how much it meant to talk to a genuine hero of the ice in person. “Jamie Langenbrunner has been my favorite player since he was a rookie with the Stars. His dedication to the team was evident in the way he was willing to play whatever position the coach asked of him. He gave up personal goals for the good of the team. I also see this same attitude in my fellow staff members with C3 Financial Partners.”