Before Laila Anderson captured the hearts of the hockey world during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, there was Arianna Dougan.
Ari, as she liked to be called, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was three years old. She battled off and on for eight years, but she became a household name in April 2017 when she was the guest of Vladimir Tarasenko on a two-game road trip with the team.
About 10 months after her trip, Ari passed away. The entire organization - the players, coaches, staff and even the fans who met her - were devastated.
RELATED LINKS: Ari's Road Trip Blog | Ari's impact was beyond measure
As we celebrate Hockey Fights Cancer during the month of November, we felt it was a good time to catch up with Lori Zucker - Ari's mom - to find out how the family has been coping. What we learned is that Lori has continued to keep her daughter's memory and legacy alive in a handful of powerful ways.
Below is our entire conversation with Lori.