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Fort Nucks: Inspired by Boeser

...youth team in Chicago makes donation to Boeser's flght against Parkinson's disease

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Vancouver Canucks

It's always been awesome when Brock Boeser scores, but this season it got even better.

For every goal the 22-year-old forward scores, he donates $1,000 to be split between Parkinson Society British Columbia and Parkinson's Foundation Minnesota Chapter. Boeser has lit the lamp nine times this season, meaning $9,000 raised to provide support, education and research to those affected by Parkinson's.

Brock's dad Duke has been living with Parkinson's disease for the last 10 years; the 59-year-old, who overcame lung cancer in 2017 only to have it return this past summer, nearly lost that battle in August. He beat the odds and despite a recent set-back that forced the removal of his gallbladder, Duke is home and slowly getting better each day.

Duke's fighting spirit and medical professionals in Minnesota have a lot to do with his recovery. Prayers have been in abundance as have donations from the hockey world.

Every little bit helps and recently a youth hockey team in Chicago took that to heart.

Before the Canucks played the Blackhawks in Chicago in early November, Boeser received a message that the Chicago Speed, a U10 minor team in Chicago, pledged $100 per goal scored during a tournament. They ended up scoring nine goals, led by snipers Drew Meskill and Paddy Hogan, and raised $900.

If you're thinking it's random for a team in Chicago to raise money for a player 3,500 kilometers away, in another country, you'd be right. The back story is that Jim Hogan, Paddy's uncle, was a mentor to Brock's brother Paul. Jim passed away from cancer earlier this year and Brock reached out with support for the family. He met the family post-game in February and that meant a lot to young Paddy, who wanted to return the favour. When he found out about Brock's $1,000 per goal pledge this year, Paddy rallied his team to do the same at $100 a goal to support the crusade against Parkinson's.

The entire Chicago Speed watched Vancouver play Chicago earlier this month before meeting Boeser post-game. Paddy presented the $900 cheque to Boeser during their meeting.

Video: Minor hockey team joins Boeser in raising funds

"It's pretty incredible," said Boeser. "That's a really selfless thing these kids did and I can't thank them enough. It really means a lot to me."

Boeser brought the players autographed pucks and shared a moment with the team. During that time they showed Boeser his photo on their WWE inspired Player of the Game championship belt. All Boeser could do was smile. He's known for taking time to visit and have genuine moments with fans, making memories that last a lifetime. But this time he was the one in awe.

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