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Capitals Braden Holtby Grants Wish of Make-A-Wish® Child

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby granted the wish of 13-year-old Caleb Graham on March 12 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Graham’s wish to skate with Holtby came true through Make-A-Wish®.


In addition, Graham and his family also attended the Capitals home game against the Dallas Stars on March 13 at Verizon Center.


Graham has a life-threatening heart condition that has required him to undergo a number of surgeries over the past 13 years and receive a pacemaker. None of this has stopped him from living a full and active life.


The Healy, Alaska, native has been playing hockey since the age of five, joining his older and younger brothers. He has been holding down the position of goaltender for the last two years, skating with the Alaskan Bantam team, the Healy Coal Kings.


On Thursday, Holtby met with Graham for breakfast at Kettler.  Graham then skated with Holtby following the conclusion of practice. He also received a tour of the Capitals locker room and was presented with a custom jersey.


View a video recap on Thursday’s portion of Graham’s wish experience at


On Friday, Graham received a tour of Verizon Center and watched warmups from the Capitals bench. He received a tour of the press box during the second intermission and met Holtby in the Capitals locker room following the game.


Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic serves children who reside in central and southern Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Founded in 1983, the organization has granted more than 8,300 wishes in the Mid-Atlantic region since its inception. This year alone, 840 local children are expected to be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. However, for every wish granted, at least two more local children are waiting. The community has the opportunity to make an impact today by helping Make-A-Wish to reach hundreds of kids whose wishes would go otherwise go unanswered this year. For more information, please visit:
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