You might call it an early Christmas present for the Capital City Condors.

The hockey team for kids living with special needs got a special surprise Saturday from some of their favourite Ottawa Senators players, who took to the ice with the Condors.

Among them was Kyle Turris, who helped organized the surprise.

“Just seeing how happy they are, the pure enjoyment, it’s really neat,” Turris said. “It’s something special."

Members of the Ottawa Senators joined the Condors on their home ice at Jack Charron arena in Kanata.

“You can tell they actually enjoy the sport too and they feel like they are hockey players so it’s great for them to get out here,” said Senators player Peter Regin.

The organization gives kids with physical and intellectual challenges the opportunity to play on a hockey team.

It was founded by Jim and Shana Perkins in 2008.

“The aura of an NHL guys disappears, because they’re regular guys and they’re having fun with the kids and playing with them and dragging them around,” Jim Perkins said about the Senators’ visit.

“It just means the world to these guys to see a real life NHL-er out here ,” said parent Lloyd Palmer.

The Condors are also gearing up for another special event.

They will take part in this year’s Bell Capital Cup.

The Condors take to the ice on Dec. 29 at 3:30 pm, at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata.