Video: Surprised teen nets favorite hockey player to be her prom date


Shayla Miller has had a lot to overcome in her life.

But that hasn't stopped the Warren, Minnesota, teenager from being one of the University of North Dakota hockey team's biggest fans.

And last week, the 18-year-old got a big surprise from her favorite player: UND goaltender Zane McIntyre.

Miller's family surprised her with the news that McIntyre will be taking her to prom next month, and the video of her reaction (below) has been viewed nearly 100,000 times since being posted to Facebook Saturday.

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McIntyre posted on Shayla's page Sunday writing, "Glad to see you're just as excited as I am for prom! Looking forward to it, we will have a blast Shayla!!! See you soon!"

Miller – who was born with hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy and Goldenhar syndrome – is described as energetic and always happy, despite undergoing 16-plus surgeries in 17 years, the Life in Shayla's Eyes Facebook page says.

“She's always ready to have a great time, no matter the circumstances. She's a great person with a big heart,” McIntyre told WDAZ.

He's met Miller several times through family and community events, and he says she's always been an inspiration to him, WDAZ notes, so when he found out Miller wanted to go to prom with him, it wasn't hard for to say yes, the Grand Forks Herald reports.

McIntyre plans to take Miller out to dinner before the big dance, which is set for May 2, reports note.

McIntyre has some big decisions to make in the coming weeks. The Mike Richter Award winner is mulling whether he'll return to UND for his senior season, or sign a contract with the Boston Bruins, the Boston Globe reported.

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