Thursday was Hockey Fights Cancer night at Capital One Arena. The event allowed a special group of kids, who have all struggled with diseases during the early years of their lives, to attend a Capitals game and forget about all of their troubles.
For instance, during the Capitals pregame warmup, four-year-old cancer survivor Brock Ludwigson and his three-year-old sister Olivia stood behind the glass along the corner boards. Brock, who was diagnosed with Langerhans cell histiocytosis at the age of one, had to spend much of his early life battling 17 tumors that had grown inside his bones. Brock underwent chemotherapy until he was two-and-a-half years-old and is now in remission. According to his mom Paula, “he’s doing amazing!”
But Brock’s also feisty and on this night he was looking for a fight. He picked the biggest player on the ice to have a go with.
It’s not just @tom_wilso in a feisty mood tonight. #CapsIsles at 7 w/ @JoeBpXp & @Laughlin18 on @NBCSWashington #HockeyFightsCancer #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/D9Idv2d9px
— Al Koken (@RealSmokinAl) November 2, 2017
As Tom Wilson stood near the glass, Brock challenged the fearless enforcer with a two-fisted punch of the glass. Wilson tried to intimidate Brock back by hitting the glass with the butt-end of his stick, but clearly Brock’s ferociousness was too much for the popular goon to handle.
Wilson retreated and skated away. NBC Sports Washington’s Al Koken captured the adorable footage.
Brock and Olivia also had some fun with Capitals forward Jakub Vrana who made a funny face as he skated by. The two siblings even got on the jumbotron.
Photos: Paula Ludwigson
What a night for those two.
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