Anthony Ast was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 6 years-old, the same year he began playing hockey. For Anthony, T1D and hockey have gone together his entire life.
No stranger to the rigors of what it takes to overcome a challenge, Anthony grew up thriving off of the sport of hockey in the beautiful country-side of Richmond, B.C., building his confidence and becoming a leader on and off the ice. Playing in the BCMML for the Greater Vancouver Canadians, Anthony caught the attention of the WHL`s Vancouver Giants, eventually becoming a member of the Giants, playing 109 games and collecting 41 points over 4 seasons before moving on to the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Anthony finished his WHL career with the Tigers, playing 48 games and collecting 23 points over 2 seasons in Medicine Hat, and, though eligible for the NHL Draft, chose to take his game to Europe, signing with EHC Klostersee of the German Elite League.
Continuing his pursuit of making the NHL and overcoming the challenges of diabetes, Anthony is a role model for all T1D athletes in pursuit of their dreams.
Here's a short documentary on Anthony`s daily routine as a member of the Vancouver Giants from when he was 17 years old.
"Taking His Shots" features WHL's Vancouver Giants forward Anthony Ast who has Type 1 Diabetes. We go behind the scenes with what Anthony faces each game and talk about his ultimate goal, making the NHL.
Created by Conor Hammond, Dustin Forbes and Aaron Mackay.