Hockey is a sport for everyone, and for Danny and his wife, Grace, it is a sport that allows them to bond and heal through hard times.
A native of Los Angeles, Danny grew up a Kings fan, but wasn't inspired to start playing until just over four years ago. In that period of time, he's developed a strong bond with his teammates, who he considers his second family.
"For me, it's almost been like therapy, whenever I've been going through some tough times in life, they're always there for me," he said. And they were there for him when his wife, Grace, was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), the same form of cancer that Brian Boyle battled.
She was diagnosed the day before Dustin Brown's 1,000 game ceremony, so they unfortunately missed the game, however something Brown wrote in an article in The Athletic stuck with her.
"There were so many uncontrollable factors in his career but he had the attitude of focusing on what he could," Grace said. "Reading that really resonated with me."
Thankfully, Grace is able to take daily medications to manage the illness, and is enjoying every day, still staying heavily involved in hockey. She finds time to escape to the rink and enjoys taking photos of her husband and his team to share with the family.
We're wishing Grace and Danny nothing but health, happiness and hockey in the future!