NHL equipment manager thanks fans for noticing his melanoma from behind the bench

SEATTLE – Two NHL teams have combined to award ice hockey fan Nadia Popovici a $10,000 scholarship to medical school as a thank you for advising our assistant director of equipment. Vancouver Canucks, Brian “Red” Hamilton to check the mole on the back of the neck.

Popovici was sitting behind Hamilton as she watched the Canucks play the Seattle Kraken on October 23. Not sure if Hamilton knew about the mole, Popovici banged on the glass to get his attention and showed him a message. message that she entered on her phone.

On her advice, Hamilton went to have the mole checked out and it proved to be a malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer.

With the Canucks scheduled to play Kraken in Seattle on Saturday, the Vancouver team posted a social media announcement as they tried to track down Popovici so Hamilton could thank her.

“I’m trying to find someone very special and I need the help of the hockey community,” Hamilton wrote in a social media post.

“To this woman I’ve been searching for, you changed my life, and now I want to find you to say THANK YOU SO MUCH.

“That October 23 night, and the text you showed me on your cell phone, will forever be etched into my brain and made a truly life-changing difference for me and my family. my family.

“Your hunch was right and the mole on the back of my neck was a malignant tumor and thanks to your persistence and the quick work of our doctors, it is now gone. “

‘What a great news!’

It didn’t take long for the Internet to come into play when Popovici’s mother responded to Canucks’ original Facebook post.

“This is my daughter!!! We are the season ticket holders for Kraken sitting behind the away bench at the Climate Pledge Arena. This is my daughter’s first game and the Canucks have always been my team. before the Kraken existed.

“She noticed the mole on the back of Red’s nape and she wasn’t sure he knew about it. So she typed a text on her phone and knocked on the glass door to get his attention. Finally. he also looked at the message, nodded and smiled and kept working.

“She hasn’t even seen this message while she’s working her shift at the graveyard at the suicide crisis center in Seattle so she’s still sleeping. She’ll be shocked when she sees this!

“She’s going to be attending tonight’s match in the same chair. She’ll be so happy and excited to know he’s checked it out! Great news!!!! She’s just been accepted into multiple medical schools! “

In a video posted by Canucks on Facebook, Popovici and Hamilton are shown together in an emotional encounter.

Both wearing masks, Popovici asked Hamilton if it was okay to shake hands or hug, but they quickly opted for the hug because of the serious feeling of the moment.

Hamilton explains in the video that when Popovici tapped on the glass and showed him the message on her phone, he was initially taken aback.

“The next day I woke up,” Hamilton continues in the video. “I told Jess…” It’s your effort and your persistence… the way you write it on your phone. I owe this person to be tested, if she goes this far, I don’t know her. , I don’t know anything about her. ‘

Hamilton added: “I am so lucky that we have doctors on the team who can help.

It was during Saturday’s game that a stunned Popovici learned of the $10,000 scholarship award.

Vancouver won 5-2, but when the Canucks tweeted a photo of Hamilton and Popivici together taking a selfie, the tweet’s caption said it all: “Biggest win tonight.”

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Dais Johnston

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