On a foggy Saturday in early January, Braden Nienaber who has already been through a lot in life at the tender age of 8, got to meet someone he looks up to, Braden Holtby. Through The Children’s Wish Foundation in Canada, Neinaber was able to meet and skate with Holtby on day 1 of 2 of his adventure in DC. On day 1 he was able to play some shinny with Tom Wilson while scoring against Braden Holtby.
As you will see in the pictures below, he ended up also getting a bit testy and challenged Tom Wilson’s fighting skills after he heard Wilson chirpin’ at him. Braden’s day would not be made complete with a bit of a celebration on the Capitals practice ice at Kettler. While scoring on Holtby mid-way through the event, he turned to lay his stick down and started to do the “hot stick” celly ala Alex Ovechkin scoring his 50th career goal.
The event was set up for Neinaber to include not only meeting Braden Holtby but to also include a tour around the Verizon Center and locker room by professional tour guide, Alex Ovechkin after the Caps/Sabres tilt early Sunday.
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Langerhans cell histiocytosis is a disease similar to cancer in which white blood cells multiply too quickly, causing bone and organ damage. On Saturday the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native will skate with Holtby following the conclusion of practice. He also will receive a tour of the Capitals locker room and be presented with a custom jersey as well as signed equipment. On Sunday Nienaber will receive a tour of Verizon Center, participate in a ceremonial puck-drop and watch warmups from the Capitals bench. Nienaber will participate in a mascot game during the first intermission and receive a tour of the press box during the second intermission. Following the game Nienaber will meet Ovechkin in the Capitals locker room.
Holtby and Nienaber met previously when Holtby played for the Saskatoon Blades. Each year, thousands of Canadian children between the ages of three and 17 are diagnosed with a life threatening illness. Since 1984, The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada has worked tirelessly to grant exceptional wishes to over 20,000 children and their families. This year, the Foundation expects to grant over 1,000 new wishes and is proud to have never refused a wish to an eligible child, and with the help of volunteers and generous donors, is able to grant nearly three wishes every day. Each wish is an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of a particular child and family. The Foundation is a national charity with chapters in every province and territory. Visit www.childrenswish.ca for more information.Close