Posted on August 31, 2021
When Team Cirelli took to the ice this morning against Team Tavares in the first of three scrimmages on Day 1 of Oshawa Generals training camp, there was one player in the roster who was a little bigger than the others.
Line-up in defense and wearing the number 37, 6’4 ” Owen Brady stood out by way more than his height – you can blame his dad Chris for that – because it’s how he got here that made him stand out. made it special.
Almost three years ago, Brady, then captain of the Whitby Wildcats minor AAA Midget team, discovered a lump on his left shin. This “bump” turned out to be osteosarcoma – bone cancer.
Nineteen hours of surgery and nearly nine months of chemotherapy followed, leaving 16-year-old Brady weak and far from being able to walk the ice against the world’s best teen hockey players.
But with the chemo over in the summer of 2019 and finally able to focus on hockey, Brady returned to the gym and eventually to the ice, playing for the Whitby Fury Junior ‘A’ team in a junior demonstration tournament in August. latest.
He even blocked a shot with his knee and “had a nice bruise-slash-scar over my scar,” he told Hockey News. “But everything is fine.”
The Generals took their chances on Brady and selected him in the sixth round of the 2019 Draft, in the hopes he can work his way back to being the unmissable prospect he once was.
Here he is now at 18, lining up with his peers at an OHL training camp with his home club. And her mom Deirdre couldn’t be prouder.
“He was such an inspiration to Chris and me,” she said. “We are thrilled for him. “
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