RIP Gail Weisman, aka GailWeb - LA Kings Insider

The worst news to share, Insiders: longtime Insider/Blogger, loyal Kings fan and friend Gail Weisman, known on LA Kings Insider as GailWeb, passed away Tuesday morning after a battle with cancer that she fought determinedly for the last two and a half years.

Weisman was a permanent fixture on LA Kings Insider and, along with her sons, a familiar face at Kings games, charitable events and promotional ventures. For the last two years, even as she weathered debilitating side effects like vertigo and constant pain, she still conveyed her own positivity and support, regularly attaching “go kings go” to sobering updates about her chemotherapy treatment and bouts with extreme nausea. Her final post was to wish everybody on the site a happy Thanksgiving, with her familiar send-off. And as supportive and positive as she could be, let there be no mistake, she was a New Yorker through and through – always honest, direct and blunt. Endearingly and appreciatively, there are none like her.

It’s impossible to sum up in paragraph form what Gail meant to us. This is brutal. There are few other faces and personalities as linked to Kings events, outreach endeavors and LAKI gatherings than Gail’s, and in speaking on behalf of LA Kings Insider, the Kings and Kings fans, we all offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to Gail’s family and loved ones.

I’m hoping we can all tell some of our favorite Gail stories in this space. I’ll share one from Daryl Evans, who knew Gail for the better part of the last 20 years and coincides with this photo:

As shared by Evans, Gail won the opportunity to have lunch with Dean Lombardi and tour the Kings’ facility by winning a charitable auction. This was during the 2016-17 season, which as we all remember wasn’t exactly the organization’s pinnacle, and would ultimately be the final season for Lombardi and Darryl Sutter. The team was in a skid at the time, and in the end of their meeting, Lombardi told Gail that she possessed something that the team, at the time, was lacking. He then wrote “HEART” in large letters on the dry erase board.

Please share your memories of Gail in the commenting section. One appreciative recollection: several years ago I asked for fan photos for an article I was working on at the time. Of the 53 submitted, 48 came from Gail. Many of those are below, along with several culled from commenting as well as the Famous Bamboo Summit. I’m looking at those photos from Bamboo – and if that meeting isn’t representative of the support and camaraderie on this site, then I don’t know what is.

All our love to Gail Weisman, her family, and to the other Insiders and Kings fans we’ve lost along the way.

Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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