An All-Star Reward: Fan Who Helped Tom Wilson Free His Hockey Stick From Glass In Game Against Anaheim Ducks Gifted New Phone and Custom Jersey

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Equipment malfunctions and misplacements are nothing new in the NHL, with the likes of gloves, skates, and sticks sometimes giving players fits. During a game against the Anaheim Ducks at Capital One Arena on December 6, 2021, Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson experienced the latter when his stick was caught between the glass. With the help of a dedicated fan who sacrificed her cell phone to free the trapped stick.

Capitals fan Caroline McLain tweeted a video of her efforts after the incident, showing her smashing her cell phone’s screen against the tip of the blade as Wilson pulled the stick free.

Prior to the Capitals’ Wednesday night tilt against the Edmonton Oilers, Caroline was presented with a customized No. 43 jersey and a signed stick by Wilson, as well as a new iPhone courtesy of Verizon.

Wilson was named as a replacement for Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin in the 2022 NHL All-Star Game in Las Vegas, after Ovechkin tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the day.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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