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Hockey Fan Awarded $10,000 Scholarship After Spotting Man’s Cancerous Mole at NHL Game

Nadia Popovici wrote a message on her phone urging Brian Hamilton, the Vancouver Canucks’ assistant equipment manager, to get his mole checked out.
Hockey fan awarded $10,000 scholarsip after spotting man’s cancerous mole at NHL game
Nadia Popovici wrote a message on her phone urging Brian Hamilton, the Vancouver Canucks’ assistant equipment manager, to get his mole checked out. (NBC News)

NBC News

Two NHL teams awarded a hockey fan a $10,000 scholarship as a thank-you for spotting a cancerous mole on a staffer during a game and possibly saving his life.

The woman, Nadia Popovici, an incoming medical student, was watching the Vancouver Canucks play the Seattle Kraken in Seattle on Oct. 23 when she spotted a small mole on the neck of Brian “Red” Hamilton, the Canucks’ assistant equipment manager.

Popovici waited for the game to finish, waved Hamilton over and placed her phone against the plexiglass to show him a message she had typed urging him to get his mole checked out.

At some point after the game, Hamilton followed her advice to go see the doctor, who proved Popovici to be correct: It was a type-2 malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer.

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