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Inspirational story posted on NHL.com
- Updated: October 16, 2009
As many of you may know, October is Hockey Fights Cancer month in the NHL where each of the 30 NHL teams hosts a Hockey Fights Cancer awareness night where HFC products such as t-shirts, ball caps and ties are sold with a portion of the proceeds going to various community charities.
Anyway, in correlation with the HFC initiative, I found a very inspirational article on NHL.com about Ryan Salmon, 19-year-old fan diagnosed with cancer last year whose only dream was to see the Columbus Blue Jackets make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. His wish came true last April when Columbus met Detroit in the first round. Salmon was at the first two home games for the Blue Jackets. Unfortunately, he passed away after a year-long battle with his disease shortly after the Blue Jackets were ousted. Regardless, his story still serves as an inspiration to Blue Jackets players and hockey fans across the country. When Columbus hosts their HFC awareness night on October 17, they will honor Salmon and his fight with cancer and his dedication to life and hockey by draping the jerseys he wore at the two playoff games on their bench. It’s really a great story, so if you get a chance then head over and take a look. The dedication of hockey fans never ceases to amaze me.
It also seems to me that hockey players are some of the most down-to-Earth and giving people in the sporting world. I constantly hear about players’ involvement in various charitable organizations and activities. With that being said, the Hockey Fights Cancer is a great thing that the sport does for a very serious disease. If you want more information about the organization or if you’d like to peruse products whose proceeds go to HFC, check out the HFC homepage on NHL.com’s website.