Nadia Popovici Awarded $10K Scholarship by Canucks, Kraken for Helping Brian Hamilton

Erin WalshJanuary 2, 2022

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JANUARY 01: Seattle Kraken fan Nadia Popovici and Vancouver Canucks equipment manager Brian Hamilton meet before the game at Climate Pledge Arena on January 01, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Popovici made headlines by alerting Hamilton at a previous game between the teams on October 23rd of a cancerous mole. (Photo by Christopher Mast/NHLI via Getty Images)
Christopher Mast/NHLI via Getty Images

Nadia Popovici, the Seattle Kraken fan who alerted Vancouver Canucks assistant equipment manager Brian Hamilton from behind the bench to visit a doctor for a possible cancerous mole on his neck, was awarded $10,000 toward her medical school training from both teams on Saturday for her heroic actions. 

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Together with the <a href="https://twitter.com/SeattleKraken?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SeattleKraken</a>, we awarded Nadia Popovici a $10,000 scholarship for medical school as a show of our appreciation πŸ‘ <a href="https://t.co/VgK8aMgJTA">pic.twitter.com/VgK8aMgJTA</a>

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Kraken and Canucks are giving $10,000 to Nadia Popovici toward her medical school funding for what she did for Canucks trainer Brian β€œRed” Hamilton. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SeaKraken?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SeaKraken</a> <a href="https://t.co/nBi0tH0mVG">pic.twitter.com/nBi0tH0mVG</a>

During the Kraken's inaugural home game at Climate Pledge Arena on Oct. 23, Popovici began banging on the glass to get Hamilton's attention. When he finally looked at her, she flashed a message on her cellphone telling him he had a possibly cancerous growth on his neck. 

Hamilton then went to Canucks team doctor Jim Bovard, who took a biopsy of the mole, which revealed a malignant melanoma. The melanoma hadn't penetrated far into Hamilton's skin, but things could've taken a turn for the worse had it gone unnoticed for another couple of years. 

Hamilton credits Popovici, who is going into medical school next fall, for saving his life.