Former Chilliwack Bruin Cody Smuk is facing a battle tougher than any he ever had on the ice.
Smuk was diagnosed with testicular cancer in mid-May and since then a tumour has been found in his lung.
He started chemotherapy treatments June 16.
To help offset the cost of treatment, which includes not being able to work over the summer, a fund-raising page has been set up at www.gofundme.com/codysmuk
Smuk was a gritty bottom-six type for the Bruins who played 132 regular season games for the franchise.
Fans will best remember the Saskatoon native for a one-punch demolition of Kyle Beach during a game between Smuk’s Bruins and Beach’s Everett Silvertips.
Smuk went on to play for the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Moose Jaw Hurricanes, then spent four years with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.