Wish comes true for young Kings fan - LA Kings Insider

It was a big day for 6-year-old Will McLeod of Valley Village, who got some ice time with (and a guided tour from) his hero, Dustin Brown. Will is undergoing treatment for acute lymphatic leukemia, and through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Will, his 8-year-old brother, Mac, and his parents, Rob and Indira, were the invited guests of the Kings today.

This morning, Will and his family got a limousine ride to El Segundo. After practice, Will took the ice, skated and shot pucks with Brown, along with Jonathan Bernier and Kevin Westgarth, who stayed on the ice to participate. Afterward, Will and his family got a tour of the facility from Brown and, at the end, Will was greeted with a basket full of Kings memorabilia and his own jersey (No. 23, of course).

Brown and his wife, Nicole, are the parents of two young sons, and Brown has been a two-time finalist for the NHL Foundation Award, signifying his dedication to charity work.

Will, who is in remission, bounced around the facility with his brother while his parents watched and enjoyed.

“It’s been great,” Indira McLeod said. “It’s been wonderful. He’s had just such a blast. He and his brother are having so much fun.

“He’s been through so much. Our whole family has been through so much, both of my kids. This is just sort of a culmination, the light at the end of the tunnel, kind of. It’s been a long road. His treatment has been for three years, and even still, he has to go every month, he has to get labs every month. I said to him today, `You know why you’re getting this? Because of everything you’ve been through.’ And his brother too, because he’s had to endure a lot. For him, this has just been something special to look forward to.”

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

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


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

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

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


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

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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


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.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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


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.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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


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.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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


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.