Cape Breton Eagles forward Jacob Newcombe diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma |

The Cape Breton Eagles have announced that one of their players has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

In a statement Monday, the hockey team said forward Jacob Newcombe had been diagnosed with the disease following a recent medical evaluation.

“Our thoughts and support are with Jacob and his family as he embarks on a journey to meet this challenge,” it said.

“The entire organization, its fans, and the hockey community at large are united and offer Jacob our unwavering support at this difficult time.”

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Originally from Sambro, NS and playing Major Midget for the Halifax Macs, Newcombe was acquired from the Eagles by the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in December 2022.

Since then, the 19-year-old has been an “essential part of the Cape Breton Eagles and has contributed not only as a talented player but also through a positive attitude on and off the ice,” the statement said.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Jacob's diagnosis, but we are equally inspired by his courage and determination,” said Irwin Simon, majority owner of the Eagles.

“Jacob is not just a player for us; He is part of the Cape Breton Eagles family. We aim to support him in any way we can along the way.”

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the most common type of cancer affecting the lymphatic system. This is the network of organs, ducts, and nodes that secretes immune cells that help the body fight off infection and disease.

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Other hockey teams and organizations are already rushing out to offer support to Newcombe and his family.

“All the best to Jacob and his family,” Hockey Nova Scotia said in a tweet. “We're all behind you!”

The Halifax Mooseheads also tweeted their support for the young hockey player.

“You got that,” they said.

In a statement, Newcombe thanked the Eagles, his teammates and staff for their support.

“My biggest concern right now is my health. I look forward to getting back on the rink with my teammates and playing in front of the Eagles fans in the future,” he said.

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