Last week sound recordist Ty Klocke and I worked with Sportsnet, Canada’s version of ESPN, on a hockey story involving the Colorado Avalanche. We first sat down with Avalanche head coach and legend Patrick Roy (above). But the thrust of the story involved an interview that followed him, specifically Avalanche center Matt Duchene.
Duchene has become close to 5-year-old girl named Haven, who lives with her family lives the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch. Haven was diagnosed with cancer shortly after her second birthday. She has undergone numerous rounds of chemotherapy and several clinical trials. And she is still not completely out of the woods. Yet upon meeting her, you would never guess she was in the middle of a fight with cancer. When asked what his favorite thing about Haven was, Matt replied, “her smile.”
Indeed, Haven’s smile is one filled with joy and happiness. And it was clear to us that Matt had been a big contributor to keeping that smile on her face. After Friday’s game, we were with Haven and her family in the bowels of the Pepsi Center while they waited for Matt to emerge from the locker room so they could say hi. Despite it being several hours past her bedtime, Haven was bubbling with giddiness. When Matt finally emerged Haven was so excited she hard trouble producing words.
It was a pleasure being a part of telling this great story and, along with Matt, we are rooting Haven on and she continues to fight her battle against cancer.