Make-A-Wish recipient Samantha Kayne posing with LA Kings' Alex Iafallo.

LA Kings Team Up With Make-A-Wish Foundation for Annual Hockey Fight Cancer™ Night Presented by Amgen

On November 12, 2022, AEG’s LA Kings surprised Samantha Kayne, a 19-year-old Make-A-Wish Foundation recipient, with the chance to fulfill her dream and sing the national anthem at an LA Kings game. The surprise took place during team’s annual Hockey Fight Cancer™ Night, presented by Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer®, at Arena.

In addition to singing at the game, Kayne watched the players warm-up from the LA Kings bench, met her favorite player, Alex Iafallo, who presented her with a specialized jersey, and enjoyed a VIP locker room tour. She also was interviewed by the LA Kings broadcast partner Bally Sports West during the game.

“After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015, the LA Kings have been a part of Sammi’s cancer journey,” said Gabe Gelbard, Supervisor of Community Relations and Team Services for the LA Kings. “Now that she is over two years cancer-free, we are so honored to have her out to a Kings game and make her wish come true.”

In addition to Kayne, the LA Kings also hosted 100 children and their families from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to game. Throughout the month of November, the team will continue to raise funds toward to support Children’s Hospital Los Angeles through the LA Kings’ silent auctions. Additionally, the club has pledged to donate $500 toward cancer research for every home goal scored during the month of November.

Hockey Fights Cancer™ was founded by the NHL and NHL Players' Association in 1998 to raise funds and awareness for all those impacted by cancer. To learn more about the initiative, click here.