FEATURE: A Hockey Fights Cancer chat with Davidson
Brandon Davidson spoke with chicagoblackhawks.com about being cancer free, how hockey helped him fight it and how he's become an ambassador for cancer awareness
Blackhawks defenseman Brandon Davidson was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 21. The illness was discovered during a routine physical while with the Edmonton Oilers' American Hockey League affiliate. After his battle with the disease, chemotherapy and rehab, Davidson has been cancer free for two years. He now devotes this month each year to telling his story, raising awareness for men's health, and aiding in Hockey Fights Cancer initiatives. chicagoblackhawks.com's Chris Wescott sat down with Davidson to discuss his story.
WESCOTT: This comes around every year and every year you get involved somehow. What does Hockey Fights Cancer mean to you?
DAVIDSON: I think it's a special month for a lot of reasons, personally. It kind of hits home, and for a lot of people it does as well. It's just really good to see the whole league and all the organizations come together to raise awareness for health and support in that department.
Updates, news, notes and video coverage from Saturday's practice at MB Ice Arena
The Blackhawks took the MB Ice Arena ice on Saturday morning, following their 2-1 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.
Brandon Davidson (right leg), who is on IR, looks like the lone non-participant.
The forward lines based on one of the drills were as follows:
Chicago hosts the Minnesota Wild for Hockey Fights Cancer night on Sunday at 5 p.m. CT. The game can be seen on WGN or heard on WGN 720. Read about all of the planned events for the evening on chicagoblackhawks.com. FIND TICKETS
Rapid reaction, quotes, links to highlights and more from the 2-1 shootout loss to the LA Kings
RAPID REACTION: The Blackhawks now have at least a point in three straight games, but Calvin Petersen made 34 saves in his first NHL start and stopped two in the shootout on the way to a 2-1 victory for Los Angeles.
The Kings took a 1-0 lead off an unlucky bounce. A Tyler Toffoli pass attempt redirected in off Duncan Keith past Corey Crawford at 10:29 of the second period.
After his cancer diagnosis, 11-year-old Carter Holmes was worried he'd never play hockey again, but the Blackhawks brought him in for a Make-A-Wish moment with his hockey idol
For 11-year-old Carter Holmes, hockey is everything.
As practice began to wrap up on Friday at the United Center, Holmes was coaxed off the bench by Head Coach Jeremy Colliton and some of the Blackhawks players. Those tentative steps onto the United Center ice were Holmes' first since being cleared to do so a day before.
It was a celebratory return to the game he loves, with a little help from the team he is crazy about.
Holmes was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in June. If it wasn't for hockey, Holmes may never have discovered the dark illness that was taking hold.
"Hockey is what saved him from cancer," said Carter's mother Tricia.
The Blackhawks look to make it points in three straight when they host the Los Angeles Kings
The Blackhawks are fresh off their first win under new head coach Jeremy Colliton, a 1-0 shutout victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. With points in two straight games, Chicago is looking to continue to progress as they host the Los Angeles Kings on Friday evening.
The Blackhawks are led in scoring by Patrick Kane, who has 23 points (12G, 11A) in 18 games this season. Alex DeBrincat is currently second on the team with 16 (9G, 7A) in 19 games. Chicago has two rookies near the top of their class in terms of assists. As of Thursday afternoon, Henri Jokiharju led the pack with nine, while Dominik Kahun was tied for second with Vancouver's Elias Pettersson with seven helpers.
RELEASE: Chicago sports teams continue alliance for second year
The Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox Move Forward with Support for Violence Reduction Programs in 2019
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The Chicago Sports Alliance, the collaboration of five of Chicago's professional sports teams, announced it will move forward in 2019 to lend the teams' collective reach and resources in support of finding innovative solutions to decrease violence in the city. This is the second consecutive year of the Alliance and its contributions.
With this announcement, the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, operating together as the Chicago Sports Alliance, confirmed the group will donate a total of $1 million in grants to continue supporting a partnership with the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Choose to Change (C2C), which combines Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc's high-intensity mentoring and advocacy with trauma-informed therapy provided by Children's Home & Aid. New this year, the Alliance will fund the targeted transitional job training program, READI Chicago (Rapid Employment and Development Initiative).
The night will kick-off with a special Purple Carpet event in the United Center Atrium at 3 p.m. Blackhawks Television Color Analyst Eddie Olczyk and former forward Adam Burish will host the event, which will honor fans who are currently battling cancer, have lost a loved one to cancer and those who are in remission. This special event is generously supported by CIBC, which will also be donating $20,000 to the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation for cancer-related causes. Following the Purple Carpet event, gates will open, and the first 10,000 fans to enter the United Center will receive a Blackhawks cancer awareness hat, also presented by CIBC.