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Hockey world rallies behind North Bay Trapper, 13

A Tweet about Noah Dugas, a 13-year-old AAA North Bay Trappers hockey player who suffered a stroke, has gone viral on Twitter.

It was Noah’s cousin, Megan Odd, who put out a plea for support.

“This is my cousin Noah. 1 blood clot in the brain, lost all mobility of his arms and legs and is currently in rehab,” she wrote in a tweet featuring Noah pictured with his Trappers uniforms. “It would mean the world to have the hockey universe cheering him on through his journey.”

NHL players, teams, fans and personalities, as well as Olympic athletes and local celebrities have responded to her plea to support Noah, who is at the Hospital for Sick Children waiting to get into the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto.

Glen Gravelle, says a blood clot in his brain led to his nephew’s stroke. The clot has not dissolved.

“Noah’s first episode started in March,” Gravelle says. “It was between the first and second period, and he came off the ice complaining that he wasn’t feeling well. He was immediately brought to the hospital.

“They assumed he had suffered a concussion because he was experiencing the same symptoms.”

Then after some tests, Noah was transferred to Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa.

“From there, he had a pretty low-key summer,” Gravelle says. “He was careful what activities he enjoyed.

“He had a few issues, but nothing major. He still enjoyed water-skiing and fishing.”

But Noah’s condition worsened during a family barbecue a few weeks ago and he was brought to North Bay Regional Health Centre and then transferred to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Gravelle says.

“Now we’re waiting for Noah to get into the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto. We’re hoping that happens really soon and praying that he will get back to where he once was.”

While the family focuses on Noah, friends, the hockey community and even strangers are doing what they can to support the teen.

Gravelle calls that support…

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