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02-12-2017

Bigourdin Returns to Lineup Sunday vs River East.



263 days after doctors diagnosed St. James Canucks forward Shane Bigourdin with Hodgkin lymphoma, he'll be back on the ice in game action.

Bigourdin will make his return to the Canucks  lineup against the River East Royal Knights this Sunday.  

“I am for sure nervous because itĘs been a while,” Bigourdin says. “I have not played since February so I am really excited to get back on the ice with the boys again.”

Bigourdin noticed something was off with his health during the 2016-17 Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League season. He felt tired on the ice and ran out of breathe easily, something that was not normal for him. 

He went to the doctor for a checkup and after a few weeks, received the unwelcome test results.

“It was pretty scary at the time,” Bigourdin says.  “But seven months later I am completely cancer free, feeling a lot better and I feel like everything is back to 100 per cent normal.”

Hodgkin lymphoma is cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Treatments for it include radiation, chemotherapy, and in many cases, both.

Bigourdin says players and staff from the Canucks contacted him daily to ask him how he was doing. That – in addition to the support he received from his family, friends and girlfriend – gave him the strength he needed to get through his treatments in order to beat cancer and get back on the ice.

“It was way easier to get back into it knowing I had all those resources and being able to practice twice a week and work out almost every day,” Bigourdin says. “There were definitely some doubts. I always wanted to play the next week of course because I was excited to get back in, but I knew I wouldnĘt be able to because of the contact and because I just wasnĘt in full game shape.”

“It was pretty frustrating seeing all my friends play and not being able to be out there with them.”

Bigourdins parents, grandparents and his girlfriend will be in the crowd when he hits the ice tomorrow, which is fitting, because that support system was a driving force in getting him back on the ice.

He says he is excited to join a team on the upswing, as the Canucks come into tomorrows action winners of nine of their past 12 games.

“I am excited to play with some of the new players, the rookies and new vets,” Bigourdin says.  “ItĘs going to be a different experience this year, coming on halfway through and trying to add to the team, but it is exciting.”

The Canucks and Royal Knights drop the puck at 2:45 pm on Sunday, Dec. 3 at the St. James Civic Centre.

 

 





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2017-2018 Standings

As of December 18, 2017
TEAM
GP
PTS
26
45
26
41
26
36
26
33
27
28
27
27
25
24
26
24
26
17
27
5

Leading Scorers

As of December 18, 2017
 
PLAYER
GP
G
A
PTS
25
18
25
43
22
22
18
40
26
7
31
38
23
16
21
37
23
15
20
35
19
8
24
32
23
15
17
32
23
10
20
30
24
14
16
30
26
15
15
30
24
12
17
29
25
12
16
28
27
12
16
28
27
10
18
28
25
13
14
27
26
7
20
27
24
10
16
26
26
10
16
26
22
15
10
25
22
12
11
23

Leading Goaltenders

Minimum 120 Minutes Played
As of December 18, 2017
GOALTENDER
MP
GAA
903
1.13
957
1.44
759
2.13
603
2.29
668
2.42
1226
2.45
1176
2.50
237
2.53
606
2.58
968
2.73

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