St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz is trading in his No. 9 for No. 17, in a tribute to his late sister who passed away after battling cancer.
Jaden’s sister, Mandi Schwartz, wore No. 17 for Yale where she played three seasons and was named an ECAC Hockey All-Academic all three years.
The announcement was made via Twitter, standing in the Yale locker room next to where his sister’s jersey permanently hangs:
— Jaden Schwartz (@jschwartzy9) July 12, 2014
The number was freed up upon the leaving of teammate Vladamir Sobotka to the Kontinental Hockey League earlier this month. No. 9 will officially be a thing of the past.
Mandi was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2008 and attempted to fight the disease with radiation, chemotheraphy and an umbilical cord blood transplant. Unfortunately the efforts were not successful and she passed away. Since her diagnosis, Yale holds an annual bone marrow drive and has added 4,000 people to the Be The Match Registry while helping to find 20 matches for those in need of transplants. The Yale University women’s team also holds an annual fundraising game and all proceeds go to the Mandi Schwartz Foundation.
In January, the event fell on a weekend when the Blues were in town. The entire team got on a bus to the game in order to show their support to the cause.
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