May 15, 2014 | Dropping The Mitts Against Cancer Drew Brown
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College men's hockey junior forward Drew Brown (Grass Lake, Mich.) has returned home to receive treatment for Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.
"My family and my teammates have been great," Brown said. "I have had so much support from them and that's made a tough situation a lot easier."
Brown recently began chemotherapy treatment at the University of Michigan's University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich.
"Drew is in for a big fight but he's as tough and as hardworking as they come," Head Coach Nate Leaman said. "I have known Drew and his family for several years and we will be there to support them however we can in the coming year."
During the 2013-14 season, Brown played in 16 games, netting two goals and adding four assists for six points. He scored a goal in Providence's 3-2 Mayor's Cup win over Brown (Nov. 30) and his two assists against UMass Lowell (Jan. 24) helped the Friars post a 5-4 come-from-behind win against the River Hawks.
Brown played in all three of Providence's Hockey East playoff games before being sidelined with a lower body injury sustained Providence's Hockey East semifinal game at the TD Garden (March 21).
While receiving treatment for that injury, an MRI revealed the tumor.
"The [Providence College] training and medical staff was there every step of the way, trying to figure out what was wrong," Brown added. "I'm glad our sports medicine department takes such pride in caring for their athletes and found this tumor early because of their persistence."
Brown has played 75 games over the past three seasons for the Friars, totaling 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points. A marketing major, he played hockey and baseball at Kent School (Kent, Conn.) for two seasons before coming to Providence.
The college hockey community quickly rallied around Brown once the news was released, including taking to Twitter to voice support.