The Washington Capitals hosted the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon and they had a new face on their roster when the starting lineups were announced before the game.

14-year-old Washington Capitals fan William Cody is currently battling leukemia and he got to return to the ice for the first time in two years thanks to the Washington Capitals and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Saturday, Cody joined the rest of his Capitals teammates at the routine morning practice and followed that up with everything else the professionals do.

Cody also received his very own No. 37 jersey and his own stall in the team’s locker room, where he was seated in between Braden Holtby and Brett Connolly.


Make-A-Wish’s William Cody is ready to go. #CapsCare #ALLCAPS

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Although Cody didn’t actually take part in the pre-game skate with the rest of his teammates, you can bet he was on the bench taking it all in from the best seat in the house.

The young Capitals fan may not have joined in on the pre-game warm-ups, but he was out there on the ice for the national anthem and the announcement of the starting lineup, and he shared a moment with Alex Ovechkin the two will never forget.


🏒 taps from the #gr8 @wishmidatlantic #CapsCare

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It's always great to see players and teams come through for young fans like this and it will never get old.

(H/T Twitter/Capitals)