NHL prospect Will Francis’ grueling 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 endured treatment for B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. His treatment ended in July and he still has to remind himself that he doesn’t miss his nightly medication.


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

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