Three games into his first season with the Toronto Maple Leafs Jason Blake was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia. Through the next 79 games not only did Jason battle cancer he also battled depression. Telling reporters that he just wasn’t into it anymore.”It was just really difficult to comprehend the magnitude of it. I tried my best to move on and played 82 games, but deep down inside it took its toll on me. Physically, I lost 12 pounds in the first month on the medication. I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t a great person to deal with and I wasn’t always the best teammate over the years.” Even through all of this Jason was able to score 15 goals and 37 assists. At the end of the season Jason was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy. He currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks.
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