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.”