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Former Coquitlam Express captain leaves lasting legacy

Ryan Tattle inspired by his mom's own brush with cancer, as well as former teammate Greg Lapointe, who's battling Hodgkins lymphoma.
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Coquitlam Express forward Ryan Tattle forechecks Noah Fladager of the Victoria Grizzlies.

While Port Moody’s Ryan Tattle has moved on from the Coquitlam Express to play at the University of Connecticut in September, the former team captain has left a lasting legacy.

Tattle raised more than $100,000 in his Score For Cancer campaign that ran during the 2021-22 season.Tattle began his initiative at the start of his final season of junior hockey with the modest aspiration of collecting pledges for every point he scored. He hoped the effort might accumulate $50,000.

But as Tattle started to light the goal light and support came in from hockey fans across North America, he upped his target to $100,000. He said in a video posted to his Twitter account it was a goal hadn’t ever thought would be attainable.

Tattle’s effort reached a crescendo at a special Score For Cancer night at Poirier last Feb. 26 in which the Express wore special jerseys for the team’s game against the Victoria Grizzlies.

Almost 1,700 fans packed the arena and Tattle rewarded them with a five-point night — including four goals in the third period to power a 6-3 comeback win that also raised more than $20,000 for cancer research.

Tattle said his fundraising campaign had special meaning as his mom had a brush with the disease and a former teammate, Greg Lapointe, battles Hodgkin’s lymphoma.