Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore says he was treated for testicular cancer
Vegas Golden Knights defender Shea Theodore announced on the Players' Tribune on Thursday that he underwent successful surgery for testicular cancer this offseason.
Theodore, 24, was selected in the expansion draft by the Knights prior to the 2017-18 season after two years with the Anaheim Ducks. He tallied 37 points in 79 games last season.
He joined Team Canada at the world championships once Vegas was bounced from the playoffs in the first round, and as he was walking to the locker room with a silver medal hanging around his neck, he was informed that he'd failed a drug test.
The actual cause of the failed test was an elevated presence of the hormone hCG, which is commonly found in pregnant women but also an indicator of testicular cancer. Tests confirmed Theodore had the disease, but the early detection made the procedure routine for doctors to target the mass. Early detection at the worlds was key, Theodore wrote.
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Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore had 37 points last season. (Photo: Stephen R. Sylvanie, USA TODAY Sports)
"The whole butterfly effect of what happened is pretty mind boggling, honestly," he wrote.
Theodore thanked his teammates in Vegas for their support. Max Pacioretty sent him a three-day meal service while he recovered. He also received an encouraging text from Phil Kessel, who also overcame testicular cancer himself, the morning he went underwent surgery.
"I’ve made a full recovery and of course I’ll be followed closely for any signs of recurrent disease by my surgeon," Theodore wrote.
"I hope my story helps bring awareness to a subject matter that a lot of men aren’t comfortable talking about and helps encourage early detection and screening."
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