A new documentary highlighting the struggles and successes of Cory Conacher, a professional hockey player from Burlington, Ontario, debuted last week on World Diabetes Day. The film, directed by Canadian Calvin Hudson Hwang and titled Miracle, Baby, is streaming live in its entirety on YouTube, and will remain so for the rest of Diabetes Awareness month.
Conacher, who was born with a rare condition called bladder exstrophy, later developed type 1 diabetes at the age of 8. He played hockey through youth, high school, and college, and while he wasn’t drafted out of school, he did manage to land a contract with the Norfolk Admirals – the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team’s minor league affiliate – in 2011.
That season, he won the AHL league MVP award, and has maintained a successful career skating with the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Ottawa Senators.
Conacher told the Victoria Times-Colonist that he drew inspiration from a chance meeting with Ajay Baines, another professional hockey player with type 1 diabetes.
“He was a guy that I wanted to be like,” he told the paper. “I know that there are some kids that are hockey players that get diagnosed with diabetes that think their life is over or they can’t play professional or competitive hockey anymore. He definitely made a difference in my life and if I could just help one person, that’s the main goal.”
Check out the film in the YouTube link above!