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Washington Capitals Nicklas Backstrom Grants Wish of Make-A-Wish® Child

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom granted the wish of local Make-A-Wish® child Sam Becker, 12, during the Capitals game against the New York Islanders at Verizon Center on Nov. 28

Becker’s wish to meet Backstrom, his favorite hockey player, came true through Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic. An Olney, Md., native, Becker is battling osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.

Becker, who celebrated his 12th birthday on Nov. 28, met with Backstrom prior to the game, where Backstrom presented him with a jersey.

Becker also received a tour of Verizon Center and watched warmups from the Capitals bench. He received a tour of the Comcast TV truck and watched a portion of the game from the press box. During the second intermission Becker rode the Oylmpia ice resurfacer, and postgame he received a tour of the Capitals locker room and spent additional time with Backstrom.

To view the Caps Red Line segment on the wish visit

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 Mid-Atlantic chapter granted more than 8,200 wishes in the Mid-Atlantic region since its inception – 395 last year alone. Wish kids face any number of life-threatening medical conditions such as cancer, pediatric AIDS, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Duchene’s muscular dystrophy, kidney and heart disease.

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