The big, tall, strong teen from White Lake was also a star goalie on the inline leagues.
About six months ago he developed pain in his right knee and went to his doctor's office. Then Hales and his family got news that no family ever wants to hear.
Cancer had invaded Spencer's knee. A very rare and very serious form of cancer called Osteosarcoma.
The news was chilling. Doctors said for Spencer to survive he must have his left leg removed at mid-thigh.
His surgery is scheduled for Monday morning and his spirits could not be higher.
After talking with doctors Spencer is convinced he will walk, he will run, he will ski and he is certainly planning on playing goalie again.
Yellow wrist bands inscribed 'Spencer strong' were designed up by Spencer's Detroit USA Eagles travel hockey team. A donation gets you a wrist band. The titanium and composite prosthesis for an athlete is not covered by insurance. A GoFundMe page has been established to help Spencer.