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November 23, 2022

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SLU Forward Made Remarkable Return This Season, But Has Ways to Go

by Joshua Seguin/Staff Writer (@JoshSeguin24)

Less than three months after St. Lawrence’s upset ECAC Tournament championship in March of 2021, Saints freshman Greg Lapointe and his family noticed a bump on his neck.

Obviously, hockey players pick up lots of bumps and bruises, but this was different and unusual.

Despite not thinking it was serious at the time, Lapointe had a doctor’s appointment to check the cause. The visit would forever change his life and send him into a fight. The fight was against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

“I went home (when the semester was done), had to do my two week quarantine because I am from Canada, and my mom noticed a lump in my neck,” Lapointe said. “I will remember what I told my mom for the rest of my life. I told her ‘I don’t think we should spend the $200 to check a lump in the neck.’ When we got to the doctor’s office, he ordered an urgent scan and the next day I knew.”

Finding out is always the hardest thing, but often when these diagnoses are made, the implications take time to set in. Then come the emotions. The diagnosis not only meant that his young life was on hold, it also meant that hockey, the game he loved, was on the backburner.

“I was out golfing with my sister and my mother kept texting (to ask) when I was getting home,” he said. “When I got back, both my parents were crying. I put two and two together and I knew what was going on. I didn’t even cry, at first, because I didn’t really know what it all meant. My parents explained everything to me and I went to the shower; I just broke down there. I have always had a positive attitude about it and that was really the only time I ever cried about it.”

Lapointe worried about his hockey future and listened to the noise around him. There was a question of whether he would ever be able to play again for the Saints. But through that noise, one can see the will and heart of a hockey player.

“My goal was just to get through it and get over it,” said Lapointe. “Even when I was sick at first, my only goal was to get back here quicker. The one thing that was pushing me to get back were the people asking if I would ever play hockey again. That made me so angry. I am so happy I got to prove some people wrong.”

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