The West Australian © Lorna and Georgia Hurst hold a picture of Sam Hurst The Sam Hurst Memorial Trophy is an ice hockey match in memory of promising young athlete Sam Hurst who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2008 and died the following year, aged 17. Picture: Ben Crabtree/The West Australian
The Hurst family will always remember their son and brother Sam as a boy who crammed so much into his short life.
The talented rugby and ice hockey player and karate black belt, who would have turned 21 today, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2008 and died in June 2009, aged 17.
"He always went at a million miles an hour," Sam's mother Lorna Hurst said. "There weren't enough hours in the day to fit in all the activities he wanted to do."
Sam's spirit is set to live on this weekend with the Sam Hurst Memorial Ice Hockey Game, a Hawks Ice Hockey Club intra-club match played at the ice rink where Sam worked as an assistant and DJ.
The game will raise money for Make-A-Wish, which helped to send Sam and his family to Toronto to watch his favourite ice hockey team months before he died.
Mrs Hurst said Sam's birthday would be bittersweet.
"We try to celebrate the time that we had with him and look back and be grateful for the 17 years we had but there is that incredible sadness as well," she said.
The Sam Hurst Memorial Ice Hockey Game starts at 6pm for a 6.30pm puck drop at Cockburn Ice Arena on Sunday.Tickets cost $10 and are available from the rink on 9434 4066.
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