A former captain and fan favourite of the often-missed Cornwall Royals is under going a battle for the ages. Jason Cirone, the once hard shooting centreman at Ed Lumley’s center ice, has been diagnosed with an aggressive stage 4 cancer. Back in May, doctors found a tumor in Jason’s calf. Labeled as a rare but aggressive soft tissue cancer, myxoid liposarcoma, Cirone underwent five weeks of radiation in an attempt to stunt the tumor’s growth in time for it to be surgically removed.
In the meantime, more tumors were found. Another in his calf and another in his chest, just below his throat. Both turned out to be malignant. The tumor in his chest was removed during biopsy.
Myxoid liposarcoma is a chronic reoccurring cancer. As seen from the incidences of how quickly the tumors have come about, doctors have diagnosed it as stage 4. There is hope however as myxoid liposarcoma may go into remission.
Jason Cirone played 4 years with the Royals and was an integral part of the team not only on the ice but in the locker room as well. Notching 250 points in 189 games, the Toronto native was also a main driving force in the Royals playoff runs from the early 90’s. Drafted in the 3rd round of the 1989 NHL Draft by the Winnipeg Jets, Cirone played 3 games and managed a shot on net with a minor penalty. He then headed to Europe to close out his playing career.
As with most retired players, Cirone is currently in the coaching circuit. Cirone started assistant coaching in the NAHL and NA3HL before making the jump to head coach for Midland University. Located in Freemont, Nebraska, the Midland University Warriors play out of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
Jason’s family has set up a Go Fund Me page for his ever-accruing medical bills. You can help with financial assistance by clicking the link below. Every little bit helps.
Cornwall is rooting for you Jason!
Once a Royal, always a Royal.