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Hockey world rallying around local hockey player

'Noah has been going through unthinkable health problems over the last few months'
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Noah Dugas U13 AAA Trappers team photo. Photo courtesy Tom Martineau/BayToday

The hockey community around the world is coming through with support for a 13-year-old local hockey player whose family says is currently paralyzed due to a blood clot.  

Noah Dugas played hockey last season with the North Bay U13 AAA Trappers hockey team. His cousin Megan Odd, has gone to social media to garner support for Noah and social media locally has been flooded with #NoahStrong posts.   

"Noah has been going through unthinkable health problems over the last few months," Meagan stated via social media earlier this week. 

"Back in March, he began having blackouts that were progressively getting worse. He was admitted to Sick Kids Hospital where he began losing mobility in his arms and legs, and it was discovered he has an inoperable (from what we know) blood clot on his brain.  

"He was put into an induced coma to prevent further damage and to undergo more testing. He has now been brought out of his coma, but still has little to no mobility in his arms and legs, and is currently communicating by spelling with his eyes on a machine." 

Odd says Noah has been moved from Sick Kids to Bloorview Rehab Centre in hopes of making more progress.  

To help brighten the spirits of Noah and his family Odd reached out to the hockey world and the hockey world answered.  

"My dad and I were trying to think of ways to lift Noah's and the Dugas family spirits while going through this difficult time. He suggested reaching out to the hockey community to boost everyone's spirits." 

Country star Cory Marks added his voice, and Noah got a shoutout from the hosts of Hockey Night in Canada Saturday night during the first game of the Stanley Cup final.

And support for Noah has been received by some of the most high profile hockey personalities including Doug Gilmour, Auston Matthews, Don Cherry, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Sudbury's Nick Foligno to name just a few.  

A Facebook page called Noah Strong was created Saturday morning and organizers are asking anyone who wants to donate can send E-transfers to π™£π™€π™–𝙝𝙙π™ͺπ™œπ™–π™¨π™¨π™©π™§π™€π™£π™œ@π™œπ™’π™–π™žπ™‘.π™˜π™€π™’.

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