OKC's 'Barons Buddies' program touches players and families

by Michael Baldwin Published: November 5, 2013
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Defenseman Alex Plante was Macey's “buddy” last season. Plante, from Canada, got married this past summer in Sweden and moved to Austria. But last season, Plante lived six weeks with the Dickinsons after he broke his jaw in a game.

“He had no family here,” Meghan said. “Because we had gotten to really know him, we were his family here. This isn't just about this program, which is so great. This program introduced us to a lifelong friendship. We still stay in contact with Alex through Facebook, Skype. We're good friends.”

Mia's “buddy” this season is Brad Hunt, a 25-year-old defenseman from Canada who was introduced to the Dickinsons Tuesday night.

“This is an awesome experience,” Hunt said. “I've never really done anything like this before. It really opens your eyes. Mia is in a great situation coming from the Ukraine. It's a really cool experience. It's great to see the smiles on their faces.”

Meghan said she wasn't a hockey fan before they were part of “Barons Buddies.”

“I absolutely love hockey now,” Meghan said. “I watched a lot of NHL when my husband was in the hospital with a total knee replacement. I was thinking, ‘This is crazy how much I like hockey now.'”

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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