Birthdays are supposed to be a fun time for kids.

However, these days it seems some kids aren’t getting to celebrate because their so call friends don’t want to be there.

That is what happened to Kade on his 11th birthday this past weekend. His dad took to Twitter asking his Twitter-verse friends to show his son some love while tagging the Maple Leafs, Mitch Marner and John Tavares in it.

If you cannot see the tweet, click here.

Well, both players saw the tweet for a birthday message and appear to be taking it a little further than that.

Marner quoted the tweet and responded, “Wanted to wish my friend Kade a Happy 11th Birthday! Your friends from the Maple Leafs have a surprise gift coming your way!” I am sure the tweet alone made Kade’s day getting it from the young NHL star, who actually could pass for 11 when he doesn’t shave that little scruff he gets, but adding a surprise gift will make sure Kade remembers the birthday for a positive reason, not the negatives.

Leafs’ captain Tavares may have let the cat out of the bag when he replied to the tweet and said, “Happy 11th Birthday Kade! All your friends on the team look forward to celebrating with you. I’m hearing it’s going to be quite the surprise.”

Hmmm, maybe a meet and greet with the team after a game? Now that would be one hell of a gift to celebrate your birthday at any age.

But it wasn’t just the two-star players and the Leafs themselves that took the time to respond to send birthday greetings to Kade. He would also get messages from Leaf players like Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly and Zach Hyman.

And it didn’t end there as the hockey world joined in. Canadian Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser sent wishes, along with TSN personalities, the Carolina Hurricanes, Hockey Hall of Fame, the Newfoundland Growlers and a host of others in hockey. Kade also got a tweet from Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill, himself to wish him a happy birthday as well as from the official Tetris Twitter handle.

There were so many more tweets sent Kade’s way from the general public to other celebrities and athletes to make his day.

Too often we see athletes take to social media and do stupid things, just look at Jermaine Whitehead as an example or Antonio Brown. However, this shows that social media does work and in the right athlete’s hands it can be a powerful and positive tool.

The Leafs might be having a difficult time putting dubs on the boards on the ice, but they are clearly winning off the ice and sometimes those are better than the ones in the standings.