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By Scott Stump

A simple gesture by his favorite player left a young hockey fan crying tears of joy.

New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich tossed his hockey stick over the boards to a young fan named Benjamin Lefkowitz during warmups before a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

It was clearly a moment the boy will never forget.

Lefkowitz, 12, is part of the Junior Rangers youth hockey organization. He showed up to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday wearing a Buchnevich jersey.

After wiping away his happy tears, he composed himself to get a picture with Buchnevich. He also caught up with him after the game in the locker room.

What likely caught Buchnevich's eye was that Lefkowitz was wearing a Severstal Cherepovets' jersey, a Russian club the left winger played for before he was picked up by the Rangers.

"I'm at the glass," Lefkowitz told Rangers TV host Amanda Borges. "I see Buchnevich and then he winked, like, 'Wow that's a very nice jersey,' and then he was talking to (Vladislav) Namestnikov like, 'Look at this kid.' A second later, boom, Buchnevich comes and gives me the stick over the glass and I'm crying.

"I'm a huge Rangers fan so it was just really emotional."

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