A 16-year-old Minnesota high school hockey player died on Christmas Day after undergoing emergency surgery for a stroke caused by a rare disease that primarily affects children.
Cormick Scanlan, a sophomore at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, underwent surgery Dec. 15 after suffering a stroke about three weeks ago, PKB 9 reported.
He was diagnosed with moyamoya disease, a rare blood vessel disorder in which a cranial artery becomes narrowed or blocked.
During bypass surgery, surgeons would have repaired a carotid artery with blood vessels from its head.
“We kind of thought, ‘Hey, now we know what it is, they’re going to do this procedure and he’s going to fight back,'” Scanlan coach Derek Weinke said.
“We don’t know what it’s going to be like on the other side, but it’s Cormick, he’s going to fight through this and then things took a turn and then it got worse,” he added.
Tragically, the boy suffered further strokes and died on Sunday.
“He’s a kid who’s been through what we talk about every day,” Weinke said. “The values of selflessness, hard work, integrity…those are all things this young man had.”
Scanlan was a member of the St. Paul Capitals hockey organization.
“The Capitals mourn the loss of Cormick Scanlan. Cormick was a Capitals player from his time as a mini-mite to his final two seasons on our Bantam AA team,” the group said on its website.
“In his Peewee B1 year, Cormick’s signature move was the ‘choo choo,’ which featured him using his size and speed to beat the defender towards the net. On his way past the defenders, the parents were shouting, ‘choo choo as Cormick charged past defenders towards the net,’ he added.
Cretin-Derham Hall also released a statement in which the school called the tragic boy an “outstanding student” and a “brilliant young man” who “touched so many people”.
“It is with profound sadness that we share that one of our students, sophomore Cormick (Mick) Scanlan, passed away on December 25, 2022 from complications of a stroke he suffered. suffered earlier this month,” he said.
“Please keep Cormick’s family, especially his parents, Joe ’94 and Heather, and his siblings, Colin (senior, Cretin-Derham Hall), Brynn (grade 8, Holy Spirit) and Sloane (grade 5, Holy Spirit), in your prayers during this heartbreaking time,” the school said.
School president Frank Miley said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Mick, but our faith makes us confident that he is in the loving arms of Jesus.
“As a community, we stand with his family and friends as we all mourn the loss of this brilliant young man who touched so many,” he added.
Sporting director Matt Funk said: “Cormick was a hardworking child who was a fierce competitor and an exceptional teammate.
“He led by example and modeled our Culture Creates Champions motto in everything he did. His impact was felt throughout our school community and he will be greatly missed,” Funk said.
In a heartbreaking Caring Bridge update, Heather Scanlan wrote that her son “passed away peacefully last night surrounded by his parents and Grammy T.
“There is something beautiful about him beginning his heavenly journey at Christmas. We are grateful for the time Mick has given his family and friends one last visit. Perhaps the miracle of Christmas has been the support that our community has continually shown our family. It has been amazing,” she continued.
“Words cannot express the joy Cormick has brought to his family. We are heartbroken,” the grieving mother added.