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After battling cancer, Brandon Davidson looks to make Oilers

Sep 7, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT


In the grand scheme of things, hockey is just a game.

Life can dish out hits much harder and profound than most bodychecks you’ll take on the ice.

Edmonton Oilers prospect Brandon Davidson, now just 22 years of age, realized this when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer last November.

Amazingly, just a little more than three months after the diagnosis, Davidson was back playing for the Oklahoma City Barons in the American Hockey League.

As Mark Spector of Sportsnet reports, Davidson was given the captaincy for the Oilers in their Young Stars prospects game against the Winnipeg Jets youngsters Saturday in Penticton.

“It has definitely opened my eyes to a lot of things,” Davidson told Spector about his battle with cancer. “It changed me as a person; it changed my whole outlook on life.

“You only have so many days…It made me think about what I really want in life, and what I really want is to be an NHL player. It motivated me. Made me stronger. A better person.”

  1. btlpper68 - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Hard to not secretly root for fighters like him

  2. dkphilly1122 - Sep 8, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    Keep fighting that fight and best of luck to you kid. That is harsh for anyone, let alone at just 22……I been thru that road at 21 and wouldn’t wish any of that on anyone!! Glad you are resuming your life and goals!!

  3. 950003cups - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.

  4. helladonks - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    this is the stuff that should inspire us as humans

  5. withseidelinn - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Best of luck to the kid and speedy recovery.

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