Last season was a tough one for Amity boys hockey coach Gary Lindgren.
Lindgren discovered a cyst on his neck last fall. During surgery in November, doctors discovered that behind the cyst was a cancerous tumor in his lymph nodes. On Dec. 2 he had another surgery and 29 lymph nodes were removed, along with his tonsils, which also contained cancer.
Prior to the 2013-14 season, Lindgren appointed assistant coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli as interim coach as he began his battle with cancer. Lindgren helped out with practices when he was up to it and felt well enough to be on the bench during games at the end of the season, including the Division II state championship game in which Amity lost 5-4 to Hand.
In March, after eight weeks of chemotherapy, Lindgren received the news that his cancer was in remission. On July 18, Lindgren received even better news.
“I received my PET scan results and I found out I am now cancer-free,” Lindgren said. “I really want to thank everyone for their support throughout all of this.”
Lindgren will resume coaching duties next season.
“I’m looking forward to coaching again next season,” Lindgren said.