Sam skates with Alex Ovechkin

Originally Published: July 19, 2012
By Adam S. Reisinger | ESPN.com

Nationally, Boise, Idaho, is best known for Boise State football. But from the time he was 3 years old, Sam Jacobson was enthralled with hockey. He attended games to watch the Idaho Steelheads, an East Coast Hockey League team based in Boise, and he'd come home and imitate his favorite players on his kitchen floor.

He eventually took to the ice himself when he was just 6 and developed a love for the game both as a player and a fan. But 18 months ago, at age 14, cancer temporarily ...

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