It’s going to be hard not to root for Sasha Mutala at the draft this summer. As it is, he’s a hometown Vancouver boy, so getting to pull on an NHL jersey in that city would be pretty sweet. But it would also be a just reward for a teenager who has gone through a lot of adversity lately.
Mutala, a right winger for the WHL’s Tri-City Americans, is an only child who has seen both of his parents stricken will serious medical issues in less than two years.
In December of 2017, Mutala’s mother, Ji Young Kim, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery the following February, then chemotherapy in the summer. Mutala left for training camp in Washington that fall while she was undergoing radiation therapy. Soon after, in September of 2018, his father Don suffered a severe stroke that affect...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.