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Old 01-18-2019, 04:15 PM   #1
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Nearly 8,000km away in the Rittich family household, the TV's on and the troupe gathers 'round, but younger-brother Tomas is hoping not for close-ups for his talented bigger bro, but a more huggable member of his favourite team.

"Typical," David, the bubbly beacon of energy, laughs. "When they're watching my games when they're back home, he's always looking for Harvey the Hound.

"He pretty much loves him.

Tomas, 23, has autism, along with other developmental issues that have had a significant impact on both of the brothers past, present and future.

For the most part, he lives an independent life, but has limited social skills, and his ability to communicate, interact and maintain relationships are challenges David and his parents, Jana and David Sr., have learned to adapt to.

It's also why the Rittichs value their family time more than anything in the world, making the long trek west to watch David (and Harvey) over the past few weeks a memorable one for all.
Be sure to watch the video. Someone must be cutting onions in the office.
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:17 PM   #2
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David Rittich is a genuinely kind man.
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:21 PM   #3
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I hope this guy ends up having a great career in the NHL.
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:21 PM   #4
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Such a nice video. Rittich has really grown on the entire fan base.
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:22 PM   #5
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Great story. Reminds me of Singleton and his sister.
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:25 PM   #6
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damn onion cutting ninjas.
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:53 PM   #7
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Fun story, I liked the bear hug at the end.


That tongue seems longer than before, wonder if that dastardly MacT stretched it.
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The small things that we do can sometimes be big things for someone else.

Well done Harvey!
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Old 01-18-2019, 06:20 PM   #9
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Thanks for sharing this. Great story, really happy to see a good person like Rittich do well in life.
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Old 01-18-2019, 06:21 PM   #10
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dbl post, but

Great story...

That's on top of David's own improbable journey to the NHL!

Didn't think it was possible to like the guy anymore, but i sure hope he is our #1 goalie for a long, long time...because you know he's going to be able to take care of his brother and the rest of his family with that money.
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Old 01-18-2019, 06:26 PM   #11
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Old 01-18-2019, 06:26 PM   #12
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What a great read. Rittich has been a revelation and this only adds to the reasons to root for him.
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Old 01-18-2019, 06:36 PM   #13
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As a father of 2 autistic children, this is amazing.
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Calgaryboy and myself got to meet David's parents at a Flames practice last March. They didn't speak any English and I had to get Petr to interpret what they had to say. IIRC David was going to take the family to Banff the next day. Truly wonderful people. Although we never got to talk with their son Thomas, he was there watching the practice a few rows over.

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It is easy to like David Rittich. I'm a fan.
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That’s unreal. Rittich is awesome
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:46 PM   #17
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I really enjoyed that.

Great article and video clip
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Just saw the clip of Rittich’s brother hugging Harvey and then David. How can you not like this guy?
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