Josh Manson didn't really want to leave Saskatchewan, but he had no choice.
Summer was coming to an end and it was time to head back to Southern California for training camp ahead of the 2016-17 NHL season.
Leaving his mother, Lana Manson, behind in Canada would be far more difficult this time.
While Josh was at Northeastern, she was diagnosed with Stage 1 melanoma. Now, the cancer had advanced to Stage 4 and, worse, it metastasized throughout Lana's body: her lungs, pelvis, bones and brain.
He knew this could very well be the last time he saw her. The doctors told them in September there was a three-month window for the medicine to work its magic.