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A Surprise Reunion

Ten year old Seth Parrish reunited with T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson on Saturday

by Taryn Bray @tarynbray / WashingtonCaps.com

What started as a normal hockey clinic turned into a surprise reunion for 10 year old Seth Parrish and the Capitals.

Three years ago, as part of the Capitals' Courage Caps campaign which benefits the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Seth was invited to skate with the team.

Video: Seth from TAPS joins the Caps at practice

TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and care for anyone who is grieving the loss of someone who died while serving in the military.  

The partnership between the MSE Foundation and TAPS has been in place since 2011 when the first TAPS Courage Caps skate was held. TAPS is this month's Monumental Foundation's social impact charity beneficiary.

Seth lost his father before he was born to a military training accident so the work TAPS does for him and his family is important.

Seth has been playing hockey for a number of years and genuinely loves the game and the Capitals.

Saturday morning he participated in a Caps Youth Clinic with United Heroes League for children of military families that he was invited to through TAPS and initially thought it would just be like any other clinic until he learned he would get to see his long lost pals for the first time since that skate back in 2016.

Obviously he was excited, but as any ten year old would do, he tried to play it cool.

"Seth has had some amazing opportunities with the Capitals. The skate a couple years ago and then he was honored as a Hero of the Night at a game in 2017," his mom Debbie Parrish said.

After his clinic, Seth watched the Capitals practice and then afterwards got to reunite with Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie, two of the players that took Seth under his wing at the skate years prior. 

He caught up with each of the players who gave him signed sticks and chatted about how they've been since the last time they saw each other.

"He's an awesome kid, we hung out a couple years ago and he's grown up," said Oshie, "It's important for professional athletes to get out there and try to make a difference in the community because obviously he's been through something not a lot of people have so for me to take the time was awesome."

For a kid like Seth to have endured such loss at such a young age, these are the moments that they will remember forever.

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