Murfreesboro, TN (WATE) – Fresh off a disappointing 6-0 loss in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, Nashville Predators Roman Josi and Mike Fisher got off the plane in Nashville on Friday more concerned with Trip Phinney than a looming do-or-die Game 6.

The two-year-old Trip is in hospice care, battling cancer.

Like much of the state, he’s fallen in love with the Predators too, watching the games from home and calling the players his friends when he’s see them on television. Stephanie Mullowney, who runs a photography business in the area called Paperdolls Photography, caught wind of Trip’s battle and reached out to Josi. Paperdolls specializes in photography of special needs children. Mullowney’s work had familiarized her with Josi’s activity in the local Best Buddies Organization.

Josi and Fisher showed up to the Phinney’s house in Murfreesboro on Friday, bringing along signed hockey sticks and pucks, and smiles.

Stephanie wrote a first-hand account of the afternoon. If you’d like to read it, or learn more about Paperdolls Photography: click here.

If you’re interested in helping the Phinney’s with their medical costs, the family has opened a donations page.