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Alaska Sophomore Woods Diagnosed With Cancer

CHN Staff Report

Alaska sophomore Justin Woods will miss the 2014-15 season after being diagnosed earlier this month with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

Woods will begin chemotherapy on Thursday (May 22) at the Seattle Children's Hospital in Seattle, Wash., where he will spend the next nine months receiving treatment.

"Although I am missing the 2014-15 season, I am very lucky for this to have been caught early," Woods said. "My doctor promised that I would play hockey again, so I am holding on to that with my life while going through this long process of treatments."

"Justin is a very focused and determined young man, and it is a pleasure to work with him," Alaska head coach Dallas Ferguson said. "Although this is a battle he has not seen before, I know he will have the same determined approach to successfully complete his treatments. Our focus will be in supporting Justin and his family any way we can to ensure he returns to Fairbanks healthy."

Woods just completed his first season as a defenseman for the Nanooks in 2013-14. He appeared in 33 games, tallying six points on one goal and five assists, to go with 36 blocked shots.

"I plan to come back healthier and stronger than ever so that I can continue to chase my dreams of playing hockey," Woods said. "I thank everyone for all the support that has come my way already. The Nanook hockey team will have a new number one fan this season."

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