Coquitlam’s Wade MacLeod vows to return to AHL ice following brain surgery
Columbus Blue Jackets’ farm team player to have non-cancerous tumour removed following in-game seizure
A mother writes: “Wade truly is the strongest, bravest and most amazing young man. We are proud beyond words. He is staying positive and putting all of his energy into a full recovery.”
Coquitlam-born Wade MacLeod, 26, suffered a seizure while playing for the American Hockey League Springfield Falcons on Feb. 17. A CT scan and MRI led to the discovery of a non-cancerous, non-aggressive tumour in his brain.
After seeing three neurosurgeons and four neurologists, Wade made the decision to undergo surgery to have the tumour removed and has a scheduled four-hour operation next Tuesday in Boston.
His mom Colleen, a Vancouver Tech grad, will be there and says she is comforted by the fact her second of three sons will be getting the best medical care.
Wade, who was in his third season with the Columbus Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate, vows he will one day renew his playing career. His mother and step-dad Garth Essary happened to be in the Springfield arena that February afternoon when Wade took a hit to the head along the boards. Wade vows it will not be the last game they see him play.
His many West Coast friends and vast following of fans will be with him in spirit Tuesday, “proud beyond words” of his courageous attitude.
HERE ‘N’ THERE: With TSN owning the chain of Team radio stations across the country, part of the television network’s five-year broadcasting deal with the CFL includes exclusive radio rights to the Grey Cup championship games through the 2018 season. B.C. Lions president and CEO Dennis Skulsky said Friday from CFL meetings in Toronto that there is nothing to report on speculation Scott Ackles will be returning to head up Grey Cup Festival 2014 in Vancouver after Ackles’ departure from ViaSport. “We had already moved in a different direction not knowing he’d be available,” Skulsky said in an email.
SHORT HOPS: With their annual Cops for Cancer charity lacrosse game having raised a handsome sum for the Children with Cancer Fund Wednesday night, the New Westminster Senior Salmonbellies now prepare for their July 4 Seats for Soldiers Night at Queen’s Park Arena. In support of the Military Family Resources Centre, all Armed Forces, Legion members, veterans, cadets and their families are admitted to a regular-season WLA game without charge. Amazingly, the Salmonbellies will be entering their 124th season with their home opener in late May.
END ZONE: Game-used equipment and memorabilia items are up for grabs at the Vancouver Giants’ Locker Room Sale Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pacific Coliseum. It’s all part of a new start for the Giants who finished last among the Western Hockey League’s 22 teams this past season. With skates advertised from $25 and gloves from $40, it’s all part of closure to a year that ended with just 21 wins in 72 starts.
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