Shea Theodore eager for Golden Knights’ ‘Hockey Fights Cancer’ night
It’s an extra special night for Shea Theodore and his family. His grandmother, who is currently battling cancer, will drop the puck tonight. #VegasBorn | #HockeyFightsCancer pic.twitter.com/07XNTnzQFr
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) November 21, 2019
- Shea Theodore still has his moments of vulnerability off the ice. He’s still hitting his stride on it.
- But he’s out there, and that’s what’s important to him and his teammates.
- Theodore survived a brush with testicular cancer this summer, returned healthy and has yet to miss a game for the Golden Knights.
- That will make “Hockey Fights Cancer” night at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday all the more meaningful.
- The Knights will wear lavender jerseys during warmups that will be autographed and auctioned to benefit organizations that help with early detection and screening for those who can’t afford it.
- The Vegas Golden Knights Foundation also will present a $75,000 check to pediatric cancer organizations.
“It’s a pretty special game,” said Theodore, the team’s “Hockey Fights Cancer” ambassador. “It’s good to bring some awareness to it. It’s just going to be a lot of fun to play.”
- Playing in games such as Thursday’s probably wasn’t on Theodore’s mind when he was told he failed a drug test at the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in May.
- The defenseman quickly learned the hormone (hCG) that led to him failing can be a sign of testicular cancer.
- He underwent surgery to remove a 5 millimeter-by-5 millimeter lump soon after his diagnosis.
- He started training camp late because he was still getting up to speed, but other than that, he’s shown no ill effects.
“He’s happy, as always, every morning,” left wing Jonathan Marchessault said. “He didn’t lose an edge on the ice. He’s still unbelievable to watch. He’s the same old Shea.”
- The fact that Theodore hasn’t missed a beat has been extremely comforting for the Knights given how much the news shocked them.
- Defenseman Nate Schmidt called Theodore “an absolute warrior.”
“He’s been a rock for us,” Schmidt said. “Because it really struck me when I heard the news. That’s just not something you want to hear. For a guy to have to go through that and come out and be playing today, count your blessings.”
Sources & Credits: Ben Gotz Las Vegas Review-Journal