Mike Stelter, the father of Ben Stelter, tweeted on Wednesday afternoon to report his son's passing.

Mike penned: "Last night, the world lost the most exceptional man and a true hero.

Ben, you were my best friend and the ideal son anybody could have asked for."

Before Ben turned five, brain cancer was discovered, according to ESPN.

He had to go through chemotherapy and multiple operations.

On Wednesday, the Oilers issued a statement in which they expressed their sympathies to Ben's family.

and acknowledged the young man's assistance to his squad. The declaration read,

"Ben came into our life at moments when we needed some encouragement and optimism."

Despite his little size, Ben had a big influence on our team and the community.