It’s in Louie Nanne’s DNA to help others.
Upon hearing the news about Penticton Vees fan Colin Milne being in the hospital due to an infection in his pacemaker, the Vees rookie forward organized all the players and coaches to sign a T-shirt.
Milne expressed his gratitude towards the Vees in a letter to the editor in the Penticton Western News.
“I would like to take this opportunity to personally and publicly thank Louie Nanne and all the Vees players and coach who signed a very precious memento of a “Penticton Vees Jr. A Hockey Club” T-shirt I received a few days ago and will treasure forever,” wrote Milne. “Being a season ticket holder, needless to say, I had to miss some Vees home games which I normally never miss unless there is a real good reason, like being in the hospital.”
Milne also wrote saying that Nanne is a “great example of how this fine group of thoughtful young men have done such a fantastic job of being great ambassadors and representing our town with their actions.”
Nanne said the connection was made through his billet families mother.
“(She) just said if there is any way possible that we could get him a T-shirt or something that it would just make his day,” said Nanne, who was also just named the BCHL’s Gongshow Player of the Week ending March 31. “I have always loved helping people. I just wanted to go forward with it. (Vees co-owner) Frank Darin also helped. I heard when he (Milne) got it he was just elated.”
Milne wrote that he hopes when there is a slow time during the playoffs that the Vees coaching staff will allow him to visit at a practice and meet them personally. Nanne intended to bring Milne the shirt but he was released from the hospital before that happened.