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Boeser's dad to attend first NHL game since suffering a massive heart attack

Mike Armenti   ·   12 janvier 2020
When the Vancouver Canucks take to the ice in St. Paul on Sunday, forward Brock Boeser is sure to have a large contingent of supporters present, as Boeser is a Minnesota native whose family resides in nearby Burnsville, MN. This is not uncommon whenever the winger comes home, however, this time around, Boeser will have a very special voice among them, cheering in earnest, and it's been a long time coming.

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Brock's father, Duke, had suffered a nearly fatal heart attack on July 29th, 2019 in his family home in Burnsville. His heart had stopped for 15 minutes before paramedics arrived and took over CPR efforts and quickly rushed Duke to the hospital.

“When something tragic like this happens, you really live in the moment. You look around and look at life and realize what’s really important. My dad’s gone through so much, but this last thing really shook us.” said Boeser.

Since this terrifying ordeal, Duke has not seen his son play a live game. On Sunday, their long wait for this moment will be over, as Duke will be among the rest of the Boeser family and plenty of friends in attendance to hopefully see Brock carry over his success from Saturday's 6-3 victory over the Sabres, a game in which Boeser scored twice and was named the first star of the game.

Brock's father Duke is a true survivor. Duke suffers from Parkinson's disease, suffered a brain injury in 2012, due to a car accident, and was also diagnosed with cancer in 2017.

That's more struggle than most deal with in a lifetime and for the Boeser family, January 12th has been circled on the calendar for quite some time. Sunday night marks more than just Brock's homecoming, it also represents resiliency and perseverance for Duke and the whole Boeser family.

Duke has his good days and his bad days, just like everyone else, but on Saturday, Brock's mother Laurie made sure to tune in with Duke to watch Brock incredible performance, cheering enough for the both of them.

“I’m the one screaming, and he gets a kick out of listening to me screaming and clapping and jumping up and down,” Laurie laughed. “So part of it is he’s more amused with me. And then I refresh him, like ‘Hey, that’s Brock’s 16th goal. Let’s look at the replay.’ I really want to make sure he sees it.

“It’s kind of the cognitive part, he’s not back to where he was. And he can have some mood changes that we didn’t see before. It seems to be aligned with fatigue, we’re figuring out, where he can become agitated. He didn’t have that personality before. Sometimes it’s hit and miss depending on the day. Some days he’s sharp, and sometimes he’s a little more scrambled. We’re just thankful he’s with us.”

Though Duke does struggle cognitively, he is still very much aware of and excited about Sunday's 4pm matchup against the Wild.

“Duke’s been asking numerous times today: ‘Don’t we have to go? Don’t we have to go?’ So he’s obviously excited about it,” Laurie Boeser said. “We can’t wait, honestly. Brock’s agents told me when he first signed with the Canucks, that everyone will be excited the first couple of times he comes here (to play in Minnesota) and then it will kind of slack off. Well, it hasn’t.”

Brock may be living his childhood dream, but he does feel some guilt about not being able to help out at home, acknowledging the difficult situation his parents are in and wishing he could be there to help lighten the load.

“It’s a lot on my mom’s plate. I know it’s not easy. Being away for a long time, and not being able to see my dad and help, it makes it difficult being away. But we’re really lucky with the support we have. We have a lot of friends and family who help out.” said Boeser.



Boeser is enjoying a solid campaign, with 43 points through 45 games, putting him on pace for a career year, just months after inking a 3-year, $17.625M contract.
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