Posted BY: Jim Hoft

A hockey player from St. Paul, Minnesota, died on Christmas Day after suffering multiple strokes in early December.

Cormick Scanlan, 16, died on Sunday night “peacefully” and “surrounded by family,” according to a post from the St. Paul Capitals Hockey Association.

“Our hockey community has lost a great young man. Cormick Scanlan passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family,” the post stated.

According to the post, Scanlan suffered a stroke on Dec. 6 due to a rare condition called moyamoya disease.

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According to NIH, moyamoya disease, which means “puff of smoke” in Japanese, is a rare, progressive cerebrovascular disorder caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain in an area called the basal ganglia.

“Cormick suffered a stroke on December 6th. Angiogram revealed that he had a rare condition called moyamoya disease. He had bypass surgery on Thursday the 15th to repair the left side carotid artery with blood vessels from his head. Sadly, he suffered additional strokes thereafter.”

Cormick played with the Capitals through last season. Our strength is with the Scanlan’s and all who loved Cormick.
Rest in peace,” the post concluded.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Mick, yet our faith makes us confident that he is in the loving arms of Jesus. As a community, we stand alongside his family and friends as we all mourn the loss of this bright young man who has impacted so many,” said Frank Miley, President.

“Cormick was a hardworking kid who was a fierce competitor and outstanding teammate. He led by example and modeled our Culture Creates Champions motto in everything he did. His impact was felt through our entire school community and he will be greatly missed,” said Matt Funk, Athletic Director.

The St. Pauls Capitals Hockey released a tribute to Scanlan. Read below:

The Capitals mourn the loss of Cormick Scanlan. Cormick was a Capitals player from his time as a mini-mite through his past two seasons on our Bantam AA team. He now plays for Cretin Derham Hall.

During his Peewee B1 year, Cormick’s signature move was the “choo choo”; which featured him using his size and speed to beat defenseman to the net. On his way past defenders, parents would shout, “choo choo” as Cormick charged past defenders towards the net. Cormick used this move in the winning goal to beat Edina 1-0 in the Eden Prairie tournament that season. His former coach, Jeff Wright commented recently, “If you needed a big goal, Cormick was your guy.”

Dane Erickson, Cormick’s Bantam AA coach, remembers Cormick as a player of great character, with a great attitude, who always worked hard and finished first in every race – on and off the ice. “I can still see him barreling down the ice, beating the defenseman wide, and driving the puck hard to the net.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Heather, Joe, Sloane, Brynn, and Colin at this difficult time.