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Family surprises Marine hockey player

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A Marine hockey player who is in Columbus this weekend got a huge surprise before his game against Army.

"This is awesome. I couldn't ask for better surprises," said Sean Kittredge. He knew Sunday was going to be a big day because he was playing in the Army versus Marines hockey game. What he didn't know is there would be a few familiar faces in the audience cheering him on.

He told News Leader 9, "I pulled in the parking lot yesterday, a truck pulled up, I looked and thought it looked like my dad. And sure enough it was my parents all the way down from Michigan just showing up out of nowhere to surprise me. I couldn't believe they were here."

His dad, Sean Kittredge added, "The look on his face when we pulled up was priceless."

Then more members from his cheering section showed up. His grandparents drove in from Alabama for his big game. His grandmother asked, "Are you going to be able to play? I'm sure you'll be better now, right?" To which Sean replied, "I wasn't expecting this at all."  

So now that his parents made the 24 hour trip from Grand Rapids, Michigan, how will Sean perform in the game? He answered, "I'm a little more nervous, but definitely more motivated to play in my game tonight."

His father said, "My wife and I have made long trips before but we're just proud that he is a Marine and with him playing Army, we figured he would need some support."

Sean's mother, Denise Kittredge added, "I'm praying for a win, but just to see the boys play. We haven't seen him on the ice in four years so it will just be nice to see a game."

Unfortunately Sean's fan base did not help his team in the game, the Army team from Fort Benning beat the Camp Lejune Marines 12 to 4.

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