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Capitals rally around six-year-old fan injured in sledding crash

Jared Clinton
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Capitals rally around six-year-old fan injured in sledding crash

Jared Clinton
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The Washington Capitals are playing their hearts out for a six-year-old fan that was critically injured in a sledding accident. The young fan, named Bensten, is showing signs of movement and he’s got the support of the entire Capitals organization.

There’s no good reason to be anything but a fan of the Washington Capitals. First, it was
Alex Ovechkin’s wonderful and thoughtful gift to the Washington Ice Dogs, and now the team is rallying around a young boy who was critically injured in a sledding accident.
From Capitals blog Russian Machine Never Breaks comes the story of Bensten, a six-year-old Capitals fan. Bensten was sledding at his home in McLean, Va., when his sled ended up in the street and a passing car struck him. Following the accident, he was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he remained in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

The Capitals, through Bensten’s uncle Tyler and the power of social media, heard about their young fan that had been injured, and following Friday night’s 3-2 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks, winger
Tom Wilson had some special words for Bensten.

“Every given night, we’re fighting for him,” Wilson said. “There’s a couple guys that have been aware of what’s going on, and we just want him to know that we’re playing for him. It’s pretty sad to see that happen to a kid.” Good news came on Friday evening, too. CSN Washington’s Jill Sorensen, in an update on Bensten and the support he has been receiving, reported that he has opened his eyes, shown signs of movement, and displayed recognition for his surroundings. Sorensen added that Ovechkin had signed a puck and stick for Bensten, which was delivered to the young fan by a member of the Capitals organization.

“We’re hoping he gets better soon and we can meet him,” said defenseman
John Carlson. “He seems like a really passionate kid and a local kid that loves hockey. We’re praying for him and hope he can get on the road to a good recovery.” The Capitals have sent Bensten an autographed jersey and a hand signed card from the entire team – incredibly heartwarming gestures from an extremely thoughtful team. We hope Bensten has a speedy recovery and can get well enough to go meet his heroes from the Washington Capitals, because he’s certainly one of theirs. (Thanks to 
Russian Machine Never Breaks)

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Capitals rally around six-year-old fan injured in sledding crash