9:54 AM PT -- 10/14 -- TMZ Sports spoke with the newest member of the NJ Devils ... and he gave us a play-by-play of his special day!!
Reilly tells us he was blown away by the support from those who shared his big moment .. saying, "It means so much to me and it makes me happy that it gives people hope ... or I make them feel happy or believe."
Reilly also sends a message to those who may be going through similar obstacles ... and it's powerful stuff!!
The New Jersey Devils just made a dream come true for one of their biggest fans ... by selecting a 13-year-old with an honorary draft pick!!
Reilly Hoagland was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis -- a chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system -- at age 4 ... but has remained active on his local hockey team.
The team got wind of Reilly's love for the Devils ... and partnered with Make-A-Wish New Jersey to hook him up with an all-out party for his honorary introduction to the team.
Perhaps the most important pick Tom Fitzgerald could make this #NHLDraft season.