Gillis rejoins team five days after kidney transplant . . . Coach works bench during playoff game

While Dave Ayres was becoming a Hockey Night in Canada legend on Saturday night, the WHL’s Everett Silvertips were introducing us to Marcus Pearson.

Marcus, 7, has kidney disease and has been on dialysis for six years. The Silvertips played host to Star Wars Night on Saturday night and Marcus took part in the ceremonial faceoff.

Take two minutes out of your day and watch the video that is embedded in the tweet below.

It’s awesome to see the Silvertips take Marcus out onto the ice during a practice and include him in a team photo. When asked to name his favourite team, I’ll let you guess just how he replied.

Ace photographer Chris Mast has photos of Marcus and more from Saturday’s game right here.

Stephen Gillis had a kidney transplant on Tuesday at Vancouver General Hospital, with good friend Michael Teigen the other half of the experience.

On Saturday, Gillis, who coaches a minor hockey team in Vancouver, was released from hospital.

On Sunday, Gillis was back with his team, joining his Atom A1 team at Britannia Community Centre.

Later, Gillis wrote on Facebook:

“Leadership is by example, and despite pain, I wanted to show them the importance of finding purpose in your struggle and that with a strong mind you can get through anything. Other people’s limits do not dictate your limits.”

Emad Agahi of CTV Vancouver was on hand for the occasion and his story is right here.

Gillis also wrote:

“Sign up today to become an organ donor and save up to 8 lives. It takes 30 seconds and will truly help people at a later date when you are no longer in need.”

Teigen was released from hospital earlier in the week and Gillis has said he is doing well.


If you are interested in being a living kidney donor, more information is available here:

Living Kidney Donor Program

St. Paul’s Hospital

6A Providence Building

1081 Burrard Street

Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6

Tel: 604-806-9027

Toll free: 1-877-922-9822

Fax: 604-806-9873



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