Over the weekend, Braden Neinaber of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan spent the weekend in Washington D.C. having the time of his life. The eight-year-old Braden Holtby-superfan suffers from Langerhans cell histiocytosis, a disease similar to cancer, and the Washington Capitals decided to treat Neinaber like one of their own.

That means Saturday, Neinaber skated with the team during practice before joining them at Verizon Center for the Sabres game Sunday.

There were several heart-warming moments, including the ceremonial face-off on Sunday where young Braden kicks noted pest Steve Ott out of the dot. The other oh my gosh moment: Braden’s mock fight with Tom Wilson on Saturday.

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In the first period, Washington Capitals fourth-line winger Tom Wilson did what he usually does: attempt to bring energy to the team with some physical play.

Unfortunately, the six-foot, four-inch rookie delivered another questionable hit — this time to Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain — and was given a two-minute minor for charging. The hit seemed like a less violent version of Wilson’s crushing check of Brayden Schenn from a month ago, which Brendan Shanahan later deemed a legal play.

Let’s take a look at what happened.

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Don Cherry warms-up the piano-desk. (Photo credit: @jessespector)

Around the same time I posted my article about Karl Alzner wigging out on the Caps bench after John Erskine‘s knockout punch of Colton Orr, Hockey Night in Canada aired another episode of Coach’s Corner.  Don Cherry also took note of Karl’s enthusiasm.

In the segment, Grapes saluted good ol’ Canadian boy Tom Wilson before giving a special shout-out to Alzner.

You’ll notice this during the video: Don really likes fights. Like really, really. And he’s on a warpath to keep fighting in hockey.

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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.

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Washington Capitals rookie forward Tom Wilson nearly scored his second career goal in the first period of Friday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. That’s progress, sure, but since Willy Baby couldn’t get his name on the scoresheet, he had to find another way to be remembered: his repeated facepunching of Carter Ashton.

This 32-second skirmish, the ninth of Wilson’s season, left both combatants hurting from blows to the body and head. Wilson cut the knuckles on his left hand after hitting Ashton’s helmet.

Warning: There will be blood.

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Tom Wilson: The Face of Intensity (Photos)


Washington Capitals rookie forward Tom Wilson doesn’t play a whole lot. He’s buried on the fourth line with Aaron Volpatti and Jay Beagle, despite possession stats that suggest he’s ready for moar. But that limited ice time hasn’t made Wilson an afterthought here at RMNB. Au contraire.

He had that triple check against Columbus; this big hit and that big hit and also this big hit, he made those sketch cards, he scored his first NHL point while sliding on his bootay, and oh yeah, he beat the tar out of me at NHL14.

My favorite Tom Wilson story  has to be his fight with Brayden Schenn. Geoff Burke’s pics of Willy Baby were terrific and made him look like the warrior he is.

Today is the opposite of that. Today I present Kevin Hoffman’s photos of Wilson playing the Buffalo Sabres last week.

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Photo credit: Gary Wiepert

Late in the second period, Washington Capitals rookie forward Tom Wilson delivered another crushing hit. This time it was to Buffalo Sabres forward Ville Leino. It was a beauty.

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Tom Wilson’s Monster Hit On Dominic Moore (GIF)


Washington Capitals rookie Tom Wilson is 6’4” and 215 pounds. Whenever he’s on the ice, you need to know where the heck he — otherwise this, this, or this will happen.

New York Rangers center Dominic Moore did not locate Willy Baby at center ice. He paid the price.

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Caps Auction Off Ugly Christmas Sweaters (Photos)

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The sweaters on sale. (All photos by Chris Gordon)

A couple weeks ago, the Washington Capitals released a magisterial Christmas video in which their players wore ridiculous outfits while pretending to provide musical accompaniment to Jingle Bells. Tonight, the team auctioned off the signed ugly sweaters worn Nicklas Backstrom, John Erskine, Mike Green, Brooks Laich, Alex Ovechkin, Aaron Volpatti, Joel Ward, and Tom Wilson in the video, with the profits benefiting Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. Troy Brouwer owns the onesie he wore in the video, and according to Caps Community Relations, he refused to part with it. Instead, a signed stocking was offered instead. I imagine he’ll be wearing the onesie on Christmas day.

In the third period, it was announced by Caps PR that bidding raised $5,225 for charity. Way to go, guys.

Here are some photos of the #fashion on sale:

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Photo credit: Tommy Gilligan

Playing the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, Washington Capitals rookie forward Tom Wilson had another one of those shifts where literally everything that could go wrong, does go wrong. He didn’t lose a skate blade this time, but his face was like a magnet for punishment.

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