Dawg Nation Bowl Helps Injured Hockey Players Get Back On The Ice

Dawg Nation Bowl Helps Injured Hockey Players Get Back On The Ice


YOU ARE WATCHING AUTONATION ALL ACCESS . A YEAR AND A HALF AGO A CANADIAN HOCKER PLAYER, HOCKEY PLAYER SUSTAINED BURNS IN A BUS CRASH. OVER THE SUMMER HE MADE HIS MIRACULOUS RETURN TO THE RINK RIGHT HERE IN COLORADO AT THE NINTH ANNUAL DOG NATION BALL. IT WAS A REMARKABLE EVENING AND IT TURNS OUT THAT GRAYSON WAS NOT THE ONLY FIGHTER ON THE ICE THAT NIGHT. DON’T THINK THAT COULD HAVE BEEN MORE STORYBOOK. THIS WAS SCORED BY NONE OTHER THAN GRAYSON CAMERON. THAT IS YOUR PUCK. WHEN GRAYSON CAMERON TRAVELED FROM ALBERTA, CANADA ALL THE WAY TO THE MILE HIGH CITY FOR HIS FIRST LIVE-ACTION SINCE SURVIVING BE HUMBLED BUS CRASH, HE DID NOT COME ALONE. HE BROUGHT HIS FRIEND. NOT TO BE OUTDONE, THE RIGHT HERE WAS SCORED BY NONE OTHER THAN RYAN VANDERBILT. FOR GRAYSON AND I, WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH A TOUGH PATCH OF LIFE. BUT FOR MARTY TO THINK ABOUT US AND GIVE US THIS OPPORTUNITY, IT IS AWESOME. IT MEANS MORE THAN HE KNOWS. TRUCK ONE YEAR EARLIER, HIS HOCKEY CAREER WAS HANGING BY A THREAD. A BACKYARD CAMPFIRE GONE WRONG LEFT THE 19-YEAR-OLD IN A MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA. HE SUFFERED BURNS TO MORE THAN 50% OF HIS BODY. DOCTORS WERE UNSURE WHAT HIS FUTURE WOULD LOOK LIKE RICK I ALWAYS BELIEVED I WOULD PLAY AGAIN. WITH BURNS, ALL THE PREDICTIONS AND STAFF, THEY GIVE YOU A WORST-CASE SCENARIO. THEY ARE UNPREDICTABLE AND DIFFERENT LIKE IN ANY CASE. SO I WAS IN A LOT OF PAIN. I DON’T EVEN REMEMBER SIX WEEKS OF MY LIFE, THE FIRST SIX WEEKS. AND THEN YEAH, I JUST KIND OF HAD THE MINDSET TO GET BACK AND GET AS HEALTHY AS I COULD. HE HAS HAD TO RECOVER FROM MULTIPLE SKIN GRAFT SURGERIES. HE HAS HAD TO REBUILD MUSCLE AFTER LOSING 30 POUNDS AND HE IS DEALING WITH THE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF A TRACHEOTOMY. IT USED TO BE A LOT WORSE. I REMEMBER TALKING UP A FLIGHT OF SHIRE, STAIRS AND BEING ON MY HANDS AND KNEES. IT WAS TOUGH TO TALK AT TIMES. IS THE SCAR TISSUE HAS LOOSENED UP IT HAS GOTTEN A LOT BETTER. Reporter: THE WEEKEND IN COLORADO WAS A SUCCESS. THEY BOTH FOUND THE BACK OF THE NET A FEW TIMES AND INSPIRED MANY IN THE COLORADO HOCKEY COMMUNITY AND BEYOND. THE WHOLE INSPIRING THING NEVER REALLY CROSSES HIS MIND. I GET THAT A LOT. BUT, I THINK WE HAVE NEVER HAD THE MINDSET THAT WE ARE GOING TO GO INSPIRE PEOPLE. WE JUST WANT TO HAVE OUR LIVES BACK AND PLAY HOCKEY AGAIN. THE DOG NATION HOCKEY FOUNDATION IS DEDICATED TO HELPING HOCKEY PLAYERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN TIMES OF CRISIS. AT THIS YEAR’S EVENT THEY PRESENTED A PURPLE HEART

Antonio Breitenberg

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