The QMJHL’s Cape Breton Eagles have announced that forward Jacob Newcombe has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The 19-year-old has two years of QMJHL experience between the Chicoutimi Sagueneens and the Eagles. He played some of his best hockey after a trade to Cape Breton last year, tallying 13 goals and 27 points in 36 games.
“I would like to thank the Cape Breton Eagles organization, my teammates, and the entire staff for their support throughout this difficult time,” Newcombe said in a team statement. “My main concern right now is my health. I am looking forward to getting back in the rink with my teammates and playing in front of Eagles fans in the future.”
Through 135 games played, Newcombe has 39 goals and 82 points, as well as two goals in the playoffs – both with the Eagles. Newcombe attended the Ottawa Senators’ rookie camp ahead of the 2022-23 season.
Born in Sambro, Nova Scotia, Newcombe was originally taken 114th overall by Chicoutimi during the 2020 QMJHL Draft. He’s known for his puckhandling and overall positive enthusiasm in the changeroom, making him a popular teammate.
“Jacob is an integral part of our team and our family,” Eagles GM Sylvain Couturier said. “His strength and determination on the ice are inspiring, and we have no doubt that he will approach this battle with the same level of resolve. The Cape Breton Eagles organization, along with our fans and the entire hockey community, will rally behind Jacob and support him every step of the way.”
The Eagles begin pre-season play against Halifax on Tuesday, before kicking off action against Moncton to begin the regular season on September 22. A timeline for Newcombe’s potential return is unknown.