ORONO – Pain is just a four letter word to Dylan Street.
“I’ve been playing since September with that pain,” Street said.
By January it eventually became too much for the Old Town/Orono hockey defenseman.
“Yea Dylan’s thing was kind of scary because it wasn’t the first time it’s happened,” forward Tyler McCannel said.
Street has a chronic health condition that requires him to have an internal tube to drain fluid from his brain.
The tube became seriously infected and it landed him in a Boston area hospital.
“That was hard going down there seeing what he was in and realizing it’s a lifelong medical condition for him. The smile on his face when a couple of his coaches showed up made my season for me and the other coaches too,” head coach Chris Thurlow said.
The doctors said Street’s hospital stay would be two months. Which left a return to the Black Bears out of the question.
But Street was back two weeks later after making a miraculous recovery.
“Oh it was incredible as soon as I saw him start skating it made me smile quite a bit.” defenseman Cam Tower said.
“It’s just been an up and down season it’s a dream come true really to be back on the ice with the boys I love being around this atmosphere,” Street said.
Street and the Black Bears have a date with Kennebec in the Class B North final Wednesday night. It’s a rematch of the 2017 regional final, which ended in a 6-5 overtime thriller in favor of the away team.
“I was a freshman at the time and I think I went out and I started the overtime that was pretty crazy it was a packed environment,” Sam Henderson said.
“It wasn’t a good memory but i’m ready for them this time,” McCannel said.