I have been playing hockey since I was six and I love it! In October, 2004 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I was very sick and almost died. My first year of treatments were really intense. I was in the hospital and away from home (Brandon) for over a year. My coach, Gary Ward and my teammates from the Brandon West-Fit Canucks were very good to me. They played tournaments on my behalf, gave me the trophies they won and had my initials displayed on their jerseys.
Last year I played on Dwayne Durand’s team. Again, everyone on the West-Fit Canucks supported me. Because I had to undergo a regime of radiation and was having chemotherapy treatments they set the garbage can right beside me on the bench!
This summer, with lots of hard work I was strong enough to attend the Edge
Skating Camp. I am extremely happy that I am playing on Brandon’s A1 team.
My coaches are good and I think they will help me get back on track. My
treatments will continue for two and a half more years so I would also like
to thank Hockey Manitoba for allowing me to play and for also giving me all
the hockey memorabilia. — Andrew Nichols
Hockey Manitoba is pleased that Andrew has continued to staying actively involved in the game while dealing with his personal challenges. He is certainly an inspiration and role model and we hope that he can continues to enjoy the game of hockey and that it provides him with the solace, comfort and relief during his recovery period.
Hockey Manitoba salutes Andrew and wishes him a healthy, and quick recovery.