ST. LOUIS ( -- A 15-year-old is taking a shot at living out this dream by trying out for the Triple-A St. Louis Blues as a goalie.

Triple-A hockey is the highest level for players before they get to Juniors or College hockey.

But Michael Habbe, the goalie in question, has a story that gets even better.

Habbe is a heart transplant patient from St. Louis Children's Hospital.

He was born with a heart defect and received his heart transplant back in May of 2006.

Last year Habbe played competitive hockey for a team in Pennsylvania, but he's a huge Blues fan for as long as he can remember, so trying out for the Triple-A Blues as a goalie is the opportunity of a lifetime.

You might think it's not a great idea for a heart transplant patient to play hockey..

Michael's mother says the surgeon pulled her aside after the transplant and said, “Don't make him livv in a bubble. We saved his life, so let him live.”

Copyright 2019 KMOV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.