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CHICAGO (AP) — Moments after Jaret Anderson-Dolan was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings, he hugged his mothers Fran and Nancy. They cried a few tears as Anderson-Dolan made his way to the floor of the United Center for handshakes and congratulations from his new team.
It was a slight variation on a familiar picture at the NHL draft. And just another Saturday for the 17-year-old center, who was raised by two women.
“Obviously I don’t know any other way of growing up,” Anderson-Dolan said . “Even though people may say, obviously, it’s a little bit different, but for me it’s completely normal. For me, it kind of gives you a little bit of perspective just how much the world is changing, and I think it’s come a long way in the past couple of years. It’s really cool to kind of be in this situation and have a voice in the community that way.”
Anderson-Dolan went No. 41 overall to Los Angeles after a breakout performance last season with Spokane of the Western Hockey League. The Calgary, Alberta, native had 39 goals and 37 assists in 72 games with the Chiefs, becoming the fourth 17-year-old in franchise history to score 30 or more goals in a season.
Anderson-Dolan described himself as a “hard-working, two-way forward.” He also pays close attention to conditioning and nutrition.
“Growing up, Nancy, she has her own business with food addiction treatment. So I was raised in a house where we eat well and all organic food,” he said. “For me it’s kind of a habit, just talking about the things you can do to…