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by George Malik on 09/18/11 at 03:59 PM ET
Very sad news from DetroitRedWings.com’s John Hahn:
The Detroit Red Wings mourn the passing of their friend and honorary coach, Earl Cook. Earl was an amazing 23-year-old young man who was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma on January 25, 2007. His journey has seen him battle through numerous rounds of chemotherapy, 9 surgeries, and learning to live with one leg. He became friends with Head Coach Mike Babcock and the Red Wings players over the past several seasons, serving as an inspiration to the team and everyone who heard his story.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Earl and his family,” says Babcock. “Earl had an unbelievable spirit that allowed him to battle through a long list of challenges that most of us are fortunate to never know. He served as a fantastic role model for myself and our team. He may have passed today, but with the way he lived his life, he never allowed this disease to beat him.”
I met Earl once and shook his hand because he was one of my heroes.
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