Neilson pushes on despite cancer

Updated: May 16, 2003, 12:33 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Playoff time brings out numerous stories of hard work, overcoming adversity and fighting the odds on a quest to win the Stanley Cup. Of all of them this year, none is as compelling as Ottawa assistant coach Roger Neilson's.

The 68-year-old longtime coach is fighting bone and skin cancer, but travels with the Senators whenever possible during the playoffs despite a condition that's left him frail, gaunt and sometimes unsteady on his feet. Fighting for his life, Neilson soldiers on in his quest for his first Stanley Cup.