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Thomas Hickey’s brother passes away at just 33

The defenseman was trying to make it in time in Calgary on Tuesday…

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It has been a tough season for New York Islanders blue liner Thomas Hickey, but nothing can be harder than seeing a brother lose his battle to cancer.

On Tuesday night, Thomas’ brother Dan passed away in Calgary. 

Earlier this month, Hickey revealed to The Athletic that Dan had an aggressive form of cancer. “Thomas’ older brother is only 33 but has glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor that defied treatment since doctors discovered it in September 2018.
Dan went on an experimental treatment before the new year, but the glioblastoma didn’t respond. He was taken off the trial in January and returned home, surrounded by family and friends and at peace.”

On Tuesday, insider Arthur Staple mentioned that Hickey left the team: head coach Barry Trotz confirmed that his defenseman was rushing back home to Calgary.

We hope that he made it in time to see his brother before he passed… 

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Dan’s wife and his young daughter. 

Our condolences got out to the Hickey family.