Shawnda's Story

So where does hockey fit in?

Shawnda Muir

In hockey, a hat trick is three goals scored by one player in a game. For our hockey-loving family, this represented a different type of hat trick—three cancer diagnoses in six months.

Long before cancer entered our lives, Darryl, my father and I shared an intense love of the game. I was raised watching Hockey Night in Canada with my dad and started playing ringette and hockey at age 9. I remember fondly our family trip to Toronto where my father managed to arrange a visit with Harold Ballard and for us to see a Maple Leafs practice and get photos with our heroes Darryl Sittler, Borje Salming and Mike Palmateer.

It was only natural that I'd marry a man who loves hockey. One of my favorite photos is of Darryl, after a playoff game, dressed in his hockey gear and holding me in his arms in my wedding dress! Yes, this was the morning after our wedding day.

Our two sons, 11 and 13 at the time, have both played hockey since age 4. My father and my mother, Isabelle, attended virtually every one of their games since then along with all the games of their other two grandchildren. By the end of a weekend, hockey parents would greet Connie in the arena, to hear him respond with a twinkle in his eye--This is the eighth game I've seen this weekend! Eleven was his record.