NHL prospect Will Francis’ gruesome battle with cancer

Hockey defenseman Will Francis sometimes feels like he forgets something at night.

For two years, Francis followed a strict daily pill regimen that required him to take anywhere from three to 25 capsules, depending on the day of the week. After two intensive phases of chemotherapy, this maintenance plan was put in place to maintain remission. For a total of 848 days, Francis underwent treatment for B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. His treatment ended in July and he still has to remember that he does not miss his evening medication.


The Anaheim Ducks selected Francis in the sixth round of the 2019 NHL Draft with the 163rd pick. Previously, Francis played for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders for two seasons before joining the University of Minnesota-Duluth hockey team. As an NCAA athlete and NHL prospect, Francis can only attend Ducks development camps while playing at Minnesota-Duluth.

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