Braden Neinaber is an eight-year-old boy from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Like most young boys in Canada, he is completely in love with hockey.
Unfortunately, he also has Langerhans cell histiocytosis which is a rare disease where the body produces too many white blood cells, which can lead to a number of health problems and, in rare cases, be fatal.
By: Adam Pyde – @Adam_Pyde
Braden’s favourite player is Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, also a Saskatchewan boy, who played his junior hockey with the Saskatoon Blades. With the help of the Capitals and the Children’s Wish organization, young Braden’s wish came true this past weekend. He and his family got to attend a Capitals practice where he got to skate with the players at the end for a little bit, score on Holtby and win a fight via a monstrous KO.
After meeting his favourite player and some of the other Capitals players, Braden and his family also attended the Capitals game against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, where he got to drop the puck for the ceremonial face-off and steal the show.
Now that is how you win the completely fictitious “fan of the season” award.
The player he “kicked” out of the face-off was Sabres’ captain Steve Ott, who is regarded as one of the league’s most despised players.
Good on Holtby and the Capitals for doing so much to make a young kid’s day. Same goes to Ott for handling the situation with a sense of humour.