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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

During his speech, Canadian boy ‘Coach Cal’ makes Ellen cry

During his speech, Canadian boy 'Coach Cal' brings Ellen to tears

Key takeaways:

  • A Canadian boy who became famous for giving a passionate pre-game hockey speech brought Ellen DeGeneres to tears during an appearance on her talk show.
  • The pre-game speech to his hockey heroes went viral, garnering hundreds of thousands of views and catching the attention of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

During an arrival on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, a Canadian boy who gained fame for giving a passionate pre-game hockey speech brought her to tears.

Callan Perks of Lakefield, Ont., won the chance to give the pre-game speech for his hometown OHL team, the Peterborough Petes, in November.

The team chose him for their ‘Next Gen’ day, where kids sign one-day contracts to encounter what it’s like to play in a professional hockey league.

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The pre-game speech to his hockey heroes went viral, garnering hundreds of thousands of views and catching the attention of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

On Wednesday’s episode, the seven-year-old was allowed to fly to California and appear on the show.

Cal gave an enthusiastic speech to DeGeneres, who is currently taping her farewell season of the popular talk show, dressed in a suit and tie.

“You have given your all on this stage for 19 seasons,” Cal said. “You danced incredibly hard. You made a lot of jokes. You burst out laughing. You cried a lot and gave a lot. So, when it’s time to say your goodbyes and turn off the lights, remember that you, Ellen, will always get the ‘W’ because you’ve always gone above and beyond to be yourself.”

During his speech, Canadian boy 'Coach Cal' brings Ellen to tears
During his speech, Canadian boy ‘Coach Cal’ brings Ellen to tears. Image from CTV News

“So keep up the good work, stay positive, and make people laugh because you’re a legend.”

Cal’s speech drew a standing ovation from the audience, and DeGeneres was moved to tears.

“What’s more, guess what? I must confess that I am acquainted with several affluent individuals, “Cal was informed by DeGeneres. “What you just said to me means a lot more to me than anything I could ever say to you. I don’t know who you are, but you are a special little being with a big heart, and I appreciate that.”

DeGeneres gave Cal a personalized tracksuit, clipboard, and megaphone for his future speeches.

“I believe you will go on to do great things, my man,” DeGeneres said. “You’re so cute.”

Source: CTV News

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