Maple Leafs forward Jason Blake was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer known as chronic myelogenous leukemia on Friday.
"The prognosis, and certainly the expectations of my physician, myself and my family, is that I will live a long, full and normal life," Blake said yesterday.
Blake has been told that the condition has been discovered early enough to allow him to continue playing hockey.
With Blake playing through the disease, do you think it will have an affect on his play? Should his ice time be limited? Have your say in our forum.
Cancer scare for Blake
A normal resumption of play at a regular pace is probably wishful thinking not to say that he couldn't resume after full remission.
Hockey at best is a tremendously challenging sport physically, even for healthy young athletes, let alone at the NHL level. Its the type of game where everyone is one hit away from a career aneding injury. It's amazing to me how anyone who is perfectly fit can play at that level in those conditions on a daily basis 80-100 games a year.
While of course we all wish Mr. Blake the best, its hard to imagine adding a cancer diagnosis and treatment to an already extreme and competitive sport.
God bless Mr. Blake and his family and lets pray that he first beats this thing and worry about the "career" second.
Shnork Souin, 2007-10-09 09:47:54