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VIDEO: Vancouver Canucks visit young patients in BC Children's Hospital

Several of the Canucks inspired smiles and stories before setting off on their latest road trip, when they visited BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver.

Three families are featured in the Canucks' YouTube video above, with parents of young patients at the hospital.

"This is the first time we've actually met the Canucks at the hospital ourselves," said parent Jitesh Rana, sitting with his son Hans. "We see what they do and we do see them coming by. We hear some of the stories on how excited the kids get. It's actually a really, really good morale booster for all the kids in the hospital.

"It's not enjoyable being here. You get the Canucks coming in. They're not gonna probably see the Canucks outside anywhere, especially all of them. Then they get to go back to school and tell all their friends they saw the Canucks... makes the visit special."

Jason Garrison was one of the players who visited the hospital, and one of the Canucks featured prominently in the video above.

Garrison is also a B.C. kid, from White Rock.

"We're here to hopefully bring a little hope," he said. "The community does such a good job in supporting us. We want to do the same for them."

The Canucks were in Winnipeg last night, and beat the Jets 3-2 in a shootoout.

The video above was dedicated to the memory of Grady 'Gman' Killam, who passed away on March 2, 2014.

Grady's mother was also in the video and at BC Children's Hospital when the Canucks visited.

"Today, when we woke up, I could tell them something exciting was happening and we had something to look forward to," she said. "For the kids, it's that they have something to look forward to all day, they have pictures that they can look at tonight and tomorrow, he's gonna phone their dad, their family and tell them about it.

"It just means a lot to them."

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