A Former Professional Hockey Player’s Battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)


Scott Matzka is a former professional ice hockey player who was a member of the 1997-1998 University of Michigan team that won the national championship.

During his playing days, Scott was known as a dynamic 2-way forward who battled on every inch of the ice.  Now retired, Matzka is battling a very different opponent: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  In this article from The Player’s Tribune, Scott shares stories from his childhood at the rink, his time with Michigan and in professional hockey, and his life after retirement.  As mentioned, he is currently battling ALS, a terminal illness with no known cure.  Scott talks about how this diagnosis has impacted his own life and the lives of his wife and children.  He also talks about the need for research and outreach concerning the disease.  It is truly an inspirational article about a hockey player and the tremendous community that is found within the sport of ice hockey.






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