Braden Nienaber’s Day at the Caps Game

Posted January 12, 2014
Braden and Braden.

Braden speaks to Braden. (Photos by Caps Outsider)

Braden Nienaber had quite a weekend.  As part of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, the 8-year old’s desires were granted, as he hung out with Braden Holtby and the Caps on Saturday at Kettler, and at Verizon Center on Sunday during the game against Buffalo.

The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native watched the Caps warm up from the bench, dropped the ceremonial first puck, kicked Buffalo captain Steve Ott out of the face-off circle, played in the mascot hockey game, toured the press box, was interviewed on Comcast, and met up with Alex Ovechkin after the game.

Nienaber was diagnosed with Langerhans cell histiocytosis a few years ago and has undergone multiple surgeries and chemotherapy. Nienaber had previously met Holtby when he played for the Saskatoon Blades.

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Braden stick handles during the mascot hockey game.


Braden and Stinger celebrate a goal.


Braden prepares to drop the ceremonial first puck.


Braden kicks Buffalo captain Steve Ott out of the faceoff circle.

Steve, leave.

Steve, leave.


Ott takes no offense.


Tom Wilson and Braden are just about the same age.


Braden takes a tour of the press box during the second intermission.


Braden joins Comcast’s Joe Beninati in the studio.

Braden fights Tom Wilson at Kettler. Photo via Tom Wilson.

Braden fights Tom Wilson at Kettler. Photo via Tom Wilson.


Ben Sumner
Ben Sumner is the editor of Capitals Outsider and a contributor for He also works for The Washington Post and contributes there when he gets a scoop.
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