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Scott's hockey night was a beauty
Sports, Posted on March 12, 2019
It’s true. It’s really hard to put into words how much of a success the Russell Rams Shut Out Cancer  Game for Scott Ushey was.  
But one thing is certain, using Scotty’s signature word, one he’s been known for since he was a kid - it was a beauty.
“Me and my family are honestly humbled by the support of the town of the Russell Rams and of the surrounding communities,” Russell Rams defenseman Scott Ushey said in a phone interview a few days after the event.
“I don’t really have the words to describe how honoured I am and how supportive this entire community and the entire area has been and I’ll never be able to say thank you enough.”
On Friday, March 1st, the Russell Memorial Multiplex saw a close-to-record setting crowd of close to 1000 as the Russell Rams turned Game Three of the NCHL semi finals against the Swan Valley Axemen. And this time, the precision passing and pristine playmaking wasn’t the only drawing card.
This time, hundreds showed up to show their support for Rams defenseman and life long Russell resident Scott Ushey.
Three weeks earlier, to the day, Ushey told his teammates that he’d just been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Before Christmas, Scott had begun getting headaches, something he initially attributed to a sinus infection.
Then came what are called auditory hallucinations.
“You know, when you've got a song that you just can’t get out of your head”, Scott said with a laugh. “Well ,it wasn’t like that but this was like someone actually singing in my ear. It was very different.”
Then a trip to the doctor led to a CT scan followed by an MRI. A visit to a neurologist on Feb. 12th brought a diagnosis.
Scott told the Rams team members about the diagnosis after a game.
That’s when the wheels started into motion. And thanks to the people of this area and members of the ‘hockey family’ around the league, they took off fast.
Initially, the plan was to dedicate Game Three to Scott, handing over the proceeds of the door and the team’s take of the 50/50 draw.
Once the news go out though, it mushroomed in a big way.


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