The Brock men’s hockey team has had a roller coaster ride of a season. They started the year off by winning the RBC Steel Blade Classic for the fourth straight year, only to lose their first three conference games of the season allowing a combined 17 goals. Then, one of their key players, Yanni Rallis, endured one of the scariest sights at a hockey arena when he was removed on a stretcher and into an ambulance after a collision with an opponent that resulted in a concussion and a broken collarbone. Through the rest of 2014, Brock picked up 14 of a possible 18 points. But nothing is harder on a hockey team than the battle they’re currently fighting as a family. At 24 years old, playing varsity men’s hockey at a school that aspires to have one of the most prestigious athletic programs Canada has to offer is something you would think that Milan Doczy wakes up everyone morning and cherishes. But right now that’s not something he can think about, nor can he enjoy, Doczy is fighting for his life. In Nov. 2014, Doczy was diagnosed with a form of Melanoma (skin cancer), which spread to his nodes. While an MRI has confirmed that the cancer has not spread any further, Doczy still requires very intensive treatment to help combat this disease.
Milan Doczy is from Zlin, Czech Republic. Doczy came to Canada in 2007 when he was just 18 years of age, and played for the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack. He had a dream to make it to the NHL, and the Ontario Hockey League is one of the best developing paths for doing so. Doczy played three seasons for the Attack, competing in 184 games, recording 58 points. When his dream fell short of making the National Hockey League in 2011, Doczy decided to stay in Canada and get an education at Brock University where this year he was preparing to compete in his third season with the squad. For the past two seasons, Doczy has been a solid, stay-at-home defenseman for the Badgers – one that head Murray Nystrom relied upon in a lot of key situations.
Doczy’s insurance does not cover the cost of the treatment/medicine, meaning this possible life saving treatment must be paid for out of pocket by Doczy. This particular treatment is deemed necessary for him to fight this battle and to stop the cancer from spreading. The side effects of this treatment are harsh, therefore, Doczy will not be able to work during the treatment.
The Owen Sound Attack, along with Brock University, and the Niagara community have developed the “Do it for Doczy” campaign. The money raised will go directly to Doczy to help cover the cost of his treatments and his living/travel expenses during this difficult time.
“Milan came to our country and our city to play hockey and adopted our culture and way of life,” stated Brent Fisher, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Attack. “Milan needs everybody’s help in the worst way right now, so we’re hopeful that Attack fans, Brock University staff/students and the hockey community will support Milan in this fight.”
The Brock men’s hockey team opened the 2015 component of their season on Jan. 4 at the Toronto Varsity Blues, and were crushed 4-0. Goaltender Adrian Volpe, and Yanni Rallis are key injuries that continue to be missing from the Badgers lineup. The biggest concern for the Badgers all season has been their lack of offense where they average just 2.82 goals for per game (17th in the OUA). Andrew Radjenovic has been the one offensive bright spot, leading the way with eight goals and 21 points, which has him tied for 10th in OUA scoring.
The Badgers now have 10 games remaining in their regular season with six of them coming at home. If the playoffs started today, the Badgers would once again be taking on the Ryerson Rams in the first round of the playoffs with game one being played in Toronto. The Badgers will be back on home ice this weekend as they take on UOIT on Jan. 9 and Queens on Jan. 10. Both games are at 7:15 p.m. at the Seymour Hannah Centre.
You can guarantee at least one thing for the rest of the 2014/2015 Brock men’s hockey season, the team is going to continue to battle on the ice, as will Doczy off the ice, but the Badgers have a great cause to play for; their teammate, friend, and brother.
The Brock Badgers community and anyone that is close within the men’s hockey team knows Doczy as a very competitive individual and a fighter, whom are all confident he will use his edge and determination to battle his way through these very dark days in his life.
Owen Sound Attack fans, Brock University students and anyone else wishing to help out will be able to purchase “Do it for Doczy” wristbands at the Attack Shack at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre (after Christmas) as well as Brock University in the upcoming weeks. To donate to the Doczy foundation please use the following link: milandoczy.com