KUSA-Taylor Vause has a gift for putting the puck in the net, but more than scoring goals, for him its staying on the ice.
"It's kind of like you have an invisible injury that you need to take care of sometimes," said Vause. "Some guys have to tape up their wrists, tape up other parts of their body or where a brace, for me it's testing my blood, make sure I'm in the range and if I'm not, I've got to sit down and take a break."
Vause is a Type 1 diabetic, needing to constantly monitor his blood sugar level to ensure that it is safe for him to play.
"He'll miss a little bit in practice once in a while, but I've never seen him miss a shift, not once," said Eagles head coach, Chris Stewart. So being a type 1 diabetic and to play the way he has played is incredible."
Vause feels he finally has a grip on the disease after being diagnosed nearly 6 years ago.
"At this point in my life my diabetes is just second nature," he said. "Once I realized that I wouldn't know what it was like not to have it. I think that's when it became a little easier."
His understanding of how to cope with diabetes has made him much stronger mentally. Now, it's about maintaining his body and letting his instincts take care of the rest.
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