VIDEO: US Airman surprises family at Carolina Hurricanes game

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These seem to be happening a lot more frequently at NHL games, but it’s never any less touching. Master Sergeant John Edwards of the US Air Force had spent the last six months overseas defending his country.

His family was invited to Saturday night’s Carolina Hurricanes game against the Columbus Blue Jackets to be recognized by the team for their sacrifice while Master Sergeant Edwards was away. The family was then asked to turn their attention to the video board for a special message.

If the Hurricanes logo behind Edwards’ head wasn’t a dead giveaway, he told his wife and two sons he couldn’t wait to hug them.

“Actually, six months is long enough. I’ll be right there,” he said from the video board. Within a few seconds he was coming down the tunnel to see his family, who looked absolutely thrilled and relieve to get that hug.

It was an emotional moment for the family, but also for many of the people in attendance. A few fans in the crowd could be seen wiping away tears.

It’s been nice to see a lot more of these homecomings of late. Seeing relieved families knowing their loved one is safe is one of those visuals that will always be moving.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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