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Braden Holtby has had a bad year, relegated to the bench for most of the last two months. Another Braden, though, has it worse. Eight-year-old Braden Neinaber of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan suffers from Langerhans cell histiocytosis, a disease similar to cancer.

Saturday, the two Bradens, along with Tom Wilson, Eric Fehr, and Olie Kolzig skated at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, a dream granted with the The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. The younger Braden faced off against his idol in net and got into a mock fight with Wilson. Afterwards, he got a tour of the Caps locker room and met head coach Adam Oates.

Tomorrow, Braden with drop the puck before Washington’s game against Buffalo, participate in the mascot game during the first intermission, tour the press box, and greet Alex Ovechkin after the game.

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  • Simonezero

    This, I love this.

  • Ben

    You forgot this one of him laying the beatdown on Tom Wilson

  • brian!

    Shouldda fought Brooks Laich for his jersey number!

  • Tadd

    This is just beautiful. I love that hockey players more often than any other athletes tend to make time and room for unfortunate kids. Let’s go Braden. Fight this, you can do it.

  • JenniferH

    Great story to read, thanks for sharing. Love hearing about our boys doing stuff like this.

  • R.O’B.

    I think these stories are absolutely amazing, it shows how large of hearts professional athletes really have. The average wish for Make-a-Wish costs $7,500 and I truly believe it is worth every penny, it changes these kids lives and I am so proud to be Caps fan because they go above and beyond. Stuff like this makes me smile

  • kyle boyd

    I raised money with my fraternity for 3 years for the children’s wish foundation from an event i started, and last year i was given an oppurtunity to participate in one kids wish. was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, it truly is a priceless thing they’re offering these kids.

  • SamWow Carroll

    This is random, but Caps coaches need to stop wearing the red-on-red. Gabby looked triflin innit on 24/7, and now Oates looks rough.

    Kinda can’t stand myself for typing that.

  • irohanv

    The whole Braden Neinaber thing make me love this team even more, despite how upset I am with recent results.