After arriving in Los Angeles, Aiden was introduced to Kings Chief Operating Officer Rob Blake, who gave him a contract to sign. Recalling the moment, Katie quipped, “Aiden forgot to make them fill in the money section.”
The Kings were scheduled to play a March 21 home game against the San Jose Sharks. After the contract signing, Aiden joined the team in the locker room. What he thought would be a simple meet-and-greet turned into something much bigger, as he dressed with the players and led them out on the ice for warmups. He also got to meet actor Will Ferrell, who appeared as his “Anchorman” character Ron Burgundy to do TV commentary during the second period of the game, which the Kings won 4-2.
It was there, among the cheering fans and national television cameras, that the significance of the moment hit him.
“I was shaking the entire time,” Aiden said.
Out on the ice, Aiden went 1-on-1 with Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, and put the puck into the top right corner of the net for a goal.
“[Quick] said, ‘Aw, dang! Nice shot, bud,’” Aiden recalled.
The next day, Aiden and Collin were both invited back to practice with the team before the family returned home with memories that will last a lifetime. While doctors are hopeful, the family has learned to live one day at a time. But Aiden has an even bigger dream he’s shooting for.
“Return as a professional hockey player on the Los Angeles Kings,” he said.
Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.
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