Jaden Schwartz’s Draft Day Overshadowed By Sister’s Health

June 16th, 2010 by Daniel Sallows Leave a reply »
Jaden Schwartz absolutely tore up the USHL this season. The 17-year-old rookie led all players in scoring with 33 goals and 83 points in 60 games for the Tri-City Storm, which was more than enough to put him on NHL scouts radar, as he is ranked 28th overall for North American skaters in the upcoming 2010 Entry Draft.

It should be a happy time for the Notre Dame Hounds graduate and his family.Being drafted into the NHL is simply an afterthought due to the fact his older sister Mandi is battling leukemia in Saskatchewan.

Before the illness, the feisty 22-year-old played for the Yale Bulldogs, and was once a candidate for the women's under-22 Canadian National team.

While Mandi's teammates will boast she has always been a fighter (as before being diagnosed with leukemia in December at the age of 20, her streak of 73 straight games played was the longest on the team), she is running out of time and needs stem cell donors within the next few weeks to save her life.

Her family and a doctor in New Haven, Conn., have issued a wide plea for stem cell donors on two fronts.

They are searching for bone marrow matches and are also aski ...

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