Ottawa Senators honour Jonathan Pitre in penultimate game

A team that was close to Jonathan Pitre’s heart is skating with him in spirit Friday night, in their second-to-last game of the season.

Pitre passed away this week, at the age of 17, following a lifetime of hardship with his rare skin disease, epidermolysis bullosa.

And while the Sens were close to Jonathan, he was just as close to the team’s heart.

“He came right in the dressing room the first time with just a confidence and a glow about him that was infectious for everybody,” Chris Phillips told CTV News Friday, when recalling the first time he met Pitre.

“He truly is a remarkable person and he’s going to be greatly missed,” said Chris Neil.

The team tweeted Friday evening, saying their helmets will each feature the EB butterfly, and the initials J.P.

“Tonight we’re honoured to have one more Senator with us when we take on the Penguins,” they said. “We’ll miss you, Jonathan.”

Tonight we’re honoured to have one more Senator with us when we take on the Penguins. We'll miss you, Jonathan. 🦋 pic.twitter.com/qGP24M7DpV

— Ottawa Senators 🦋 (@Senators) April 6, 2018

The Pittsburgh Penguins are also wearing the stickers on their helmets.

Tonight the #Pens will wear special stickers on their helmets to honor the memory of Jonathan Pitre, a superstar fan who inspired us all.

More information: https://t.co/OIvy5lfcxs pic.twitter.com/MrygmxFLkQ

— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 6, 2018