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Vancouver's Markstrom mourns death of father

11 novembre 2019
Vancouver netminder Jacob Markstrom has issued a heartbreaking Instagram post in which he mourns the death of his father after a battle with cancer. Based on the message itself, it appears his father had been fighting the terrible disease for at least six months.

"Dad you have taught me everything I know, I couldn’t ask for a better dad, friend and role model! I know you will always look down on us! The strength you have shown the last 6 months is unbelievable! I love you and Rest In Peace. F*** Cancer," Markstrom wrote.

In mid-October, Markstrom had been granted a short leave of absence from the Canucks. While a reason was never officially given, it's a safe bet that it had something to do with his father's cancer, and likely his death. It is interesting to note that Markstrom is Swedish and Sunday, when the post was made, was Father's Day in Sweden.

Despite the fact that Vancouver lost, Markstrom had an excellent performance in Sunday's game, stopping 25 of 27 shots he faced and recording a .926 save percentage.

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CONNOR MCDAVID 30 51
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 44
BRAD MARCHAND 28 44
DAVID PASTRNAK 28 43
JOHN CARLSON 30 42
JACK EICHEL 28 38
ARTEMI PANARIN 26 33
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU 27 33
PATRICK KANE 27 33
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GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK 28 25
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN 30 20
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 19
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 18
BRAD MARCHAND 28 18
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ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL 30 33
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 32
JOHN CARLSON 30 31
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 26
BRAD MARCHAND 28 26
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JOHN CARLSON 30 42
DOUGIE HAMILTON 28 28
CALE MAKAR 27 27
ROMAN JOSI 27 24
VICTOR HEDMAN 23 23
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ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR 27 27
QUINN HUGHES 28 23
VICTOR OLOFSSON 28 22
ILYA MIKHEYEV 30 17
MARTIN NECAS 26 16
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WINS GP W
BRADEN HOLTBY 21 14
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK 22 14
TUUKKA RASK 17 13
JORDAN BINNINGTON 22 13
FREDERIK ANDERSEN 23 13
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JAROSLAV HALAK 11 2
CARTER HUTTON 14 2
TUUKKA RASK 17 2
PETR MRAZEK 18 2
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