Ice hockey’s unwritten code honors the strong, silent type, the player who deflects individual accolades for team goals and never uses an injury as an excuse. By all accounts, Hingham’s James Gordon epitomized that definition. Yet those very same qualities may have resulted in Gordon fighting for his life.
The 18-year-old Gordon, a senior tri-captain on the powerhouse Hingham Harbormen, is scheduled to graduate on Saturday. He plans to be there. But it won’t be easy. For the past two months, Gordon has spent more time in doctors’ offices and hospitals than classes or hockey rinks. Shortly after the Harbormen fell to eventual champion Malden Catholic in the state’s Super 8 tournament, Gordon confided to his mother, Terry Gordon, that he was having pain in his groin area.