Capitals give Make-A-Wish teen with life-threatening disorder ultimate fan experience

Caps Make-A-Wish. (Photo, ABC7)

The Washington Capitals and Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic are making the season-opening festivities a dream come true for one young fan.

Already this week, 17-year-old wish kid Hunter Shrauger has gotten to watch the Capitals practice, had head coach Todd Reirden introduce him to the team before suiting up in a custom jersey and skating with them, as well as a surprise visit with the Stanley Cup.

“It’s just crazy to go from watching them on TV to being face-to-face,” said Hunter, who has a life-threating gastrointestinal disorder.

And that is just the start.

On Wednesday, Hunter will get to walk the red carpet with Alex Ovechkin during the team’s Rock the Red carpet event before the Capitals Stanley Cup Championship banner raising night. He then gets to watch team warmups from the Capitals bench before enjoying Washington's season-opener against the Boston Bruins from the Ovi’s Crazy 8’s section with his family.

“We’ll take him in and have him feel like he’s part of our group,” said defenseman Matt Niskanen.

Hunter will then head to the locker room after the game to spend time with the players.

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