The Sabres host Hockey Fights Cancer Night

November 18, 2017
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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - It’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night in Buffalo as the Sabres host the Hurricanes. Cancer touches so many of us in so many different ways and head coach Phil Housley is no different, “It means a lot. My mother passed away when she was 59 of glioblastoma, so it’s really important to recognize this cause.”

Housley lost his mother 17 years ago. He wishes she could’ve been around to see some more of his life, “She passed away at such a young age, she didn’t get to see some of the things moving forward as a player or as a coach.

“She’s the one that used to bring me to the rink, my brother and I were one year apart and she was just a great supporter and I can still remember her ringing that cowbell back in the day and she loved to come ot the games.”

Housley was so happy that she was able to attend when he made his debut with the Buffalo Sabres at the age of 18. “She was here. She wasn’t able to afford going to the draft in Montreal, so it was just me there, but when I look back at it, they had a big impact on my life.”

Scandella was very close to his dad when he passed away from cancer in 2015. The defenseman said, “Cancer affects everyone and I’m no exception. I lost my dad a couple of years ago, so it’s a special night for me.

“I just think about him every day. He taught me everything I know so he’s just a great example for me on how to be a man and I just take that with me and I play with that every game and just try to make him proud.”

You can hear more from Housley and Scandella on the pregame show with Brian Koziol beginning at 6:00. 

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