Tom Wilson is a cool dude, and we got another example of that from reader Lauren W. During the Caps recent road swing in Los Angeles, Lauren and her family went to Staples Center for the game.
I’ll let Lauren take it from here.
I had a poster that said “My 18th Birthday Wish is to get a Selfie with Tom Wilson and Michael Latta.”
When I got down to LA, my parents and I were thinking of some place to eat. We were walking past the Marriot, when my mom pointed out to me that I just walked past Andre Burakovsky, Tom Wilson, Michael Latta, and Mike Richards. I was too shocked to even process what had happened and as soon I realized what happened, the group had gotten up and started to leave. In a panic I managed to catch up to Mike Richards and get a picture with him.
After that it was time to go into the arena to get a good spot for warm-ups, knowing full well that a lot of Kings fans would be on the Caps side to see Mike Richards and Justin Williams.
So as I’m going through the metal detector, a Staples Center employee stops me and tells me that my poster is to big, and I have to take it back to my car. Lame.
My dad and I start walking back to our car when my mom calls and tells my dad to rip the poster in half, which I did. We walked back and the employee that we encountered earlier told us the same thing, saying that if the camera sees us putting the sign together we will be immediately kicked out of the game. Regardless, she let us in.
We proceeded to walk to our seats and I headed off to the Caps side for warm-ups. I am holding up my torn-in-half poster against the glass with one hand and my phone in my other. The whole time I am trying to get a good angle of Tom Wilson or Michael Latta. I met some really nice Kings fans that offered to take pictures of me holding my sign.
With about 15 minutes left in warm-ups, TJ Oshie skates by and points to my poster and hits Wilson and Latta on the back to turn around.
They both do but just for a brief second. They skate for a bit longer and I get a chance to get a good picture with Wilson in the background and I don’t realize what is happening. That is until the Kings fans I am by starts saying, “Oh my gosh that is so cute, its so cute that he turned around for her.”
— Lauren (@lo_web7) March 10, 2016
When I look at the picture I saw that Tom Wilson had turned and smiled for the picture. When I put my phone down, I looked at him and mouthed a Thank You to him before he smiled and skated off the ice. On the way back to my seat I couldn’t believe it happened.
In fact, I still can’t believe it happened.
What a story.
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