CEDAR RAPIDS — Jordan Timmons just has to score a goal this weekend. A couple would be nice, a hat trick most apropos.
There wouldn’t be a better way for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders winger to honor his mother.
“Her and my dad split up when I was really young. I think I was, like, 2 years old,” said Timmons, whose club played the home half of a home-and-away set Friday night against Dubuque. “They had shared custody of me, and whenever it was her week or her weekend, she’d take me to the rink. She never complained about it, never had any problems with it. She supported me in whatever I wanted to do.”
Lisa Kane passed away last week from complications of cancer. She was 50.
Timmons left the RoughRiders to be with his family in Pittsburgh. He contemplated staying longer but returned to town this week.
He wanted to continue playing hockey. Mom would have wanted it that way.
“You’ve got to move forward, so that’s why I’m back. I need to keep pushing forward,” he said. “Coming back here and being with the guys again, they’ve been very supportive. They’ve all supported me through this whole thing. That’s been really awesome, means a lot to me. Especially my roommates Marc (McLaughlin) and T.J. (Walsh). They texted me every day when I was back home, seeing how I was doing. Coming back to them, it makes me feel like I’m at home here.”
Timmons said his mother had battled cancer twice. The second time, the chemo and radiation affected her heart, lungs and kidneys.
She hadn’t been doing well for awhile. Try playing with that on your mind.
It wasn’t easy.
“She was such a strong person, the toughest person I’ve ever met,” he said. “So she definitely rubbed off on me. I knew I had to come back (this season) and work as hard as I could for her. She was my motivation every day, she still is. She motivates me every single day to accomplish what we’ve been dreaming of since I was 2 years old.”
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Timmons has nine goals in 24 games this season and will play college hockey at Connecticut next year. RoughRiders Coach Mark Carlson named he and Graham Slaggert assistant captains for the team this week.
Kind of bittersweet.
“It’s an honor to have that letter for such a prestigious organization,” Timmons said. “To think about all the guys who have worn letters here, to see how good they were inspires me.”
But not nearly as much as mom.
“I kept her updated, texted her and stuff on how I was doing,” he said. “We talked every week on the phone and texted a lot. She was never able to come out here and watch me play, because of her health and financial reasons. But both years I’ve been in the league, we had the (preseason) showcase in Pittsburgh, so she was able to come out and support me there. That was awesome.
“I thought about staying home longer, but I know if my mom was here, she would have told me I had to come back. Don’t worry about her, do it for me. That’s what I did.”
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