Will Capalbo

Capalbo Strong: Brothers battle cancer together

After what was expected to be a routine checkup, Charlie Capalbo learned that he had cancer. As devastating as that was, he eventually learned that he had a 90-percent match for a crucial bone marrow transplant — his younger brother, Will.

The above video goes into detail on the heartbreaking and heartwarming story of “Capalbo Strong,” including the extremely touching, “Dude!”-heavy moment when Will realized he was a match.

Here’s hoping that Charlie returns to full health soon.

This post also goes into more detail regarding the Capalbo brothers’ story.

NBC Sports is celebrating Hockey Day in America with an NHL Sunday tripleheader on NBC and NBCSN, as well as a collection of stories and features which explore hockey’s impact and influence across the U.S.

Pre-game studio coverage begins at noon ET on NBC with NHL Live, which will be on-site in Hockeytown at The Rink at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit, Mich. Liam McHugh and Kathryn Tappen will anchor pre-game, intermission and post-game coverage throughout the day alongside analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick. In addition, Tappen will provide reports and interviews from the Team USA vs. Canada women’s hockey game at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Sunday afternoon.

NBC Hockey Day in America schedule:
N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh – NBC – 12:30 p.m. ET (Watch live)
St. Louis at Minnesota – NBC – 3:30 p.m. ET (Watch live)
Philadelphia at Detroit – NBCSN –  6 p.m. ET (Watch live)

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

Hockey Day in America: Cancer, bone marrow transplant unites brothers

The story of Charlie and Will Capalbo isn’t over, but it’s already both heartwarming and heartbreaking. You’ll be able to learn more about their story during NBC’s coverage of “Hockey Day in America” on Sunday.

In 2017, Charlie – the older Capalbo brother – learned that he had cancer after wrapping up his senior season as a goalie for Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Connecticut. Later on Will would also become a goalie for Fairfield, and he interrupted his senior season to donate bone marrow for his brother.

If Will is unable to return later this season, then his Jan. 29 start would give him a “Hollywood” send-off, as he managed a shutout.

Not much later, the bone marrow transplant took place on Feb. 4. While it takes weeks to see how such a process goes, the Goalie Guild provided an update on Feb. 6 that appeared optimistic, and noted that renowned Washington Capitals goalie coach Mitch Korn visited the brothers.

This CT Now video report provides some additional background on the story, including comments from Will.

It’s a truly remarkable story of brotherly love, with both the goaltending and Connecticut hockey communities rallying around Charlie and Will Capalbo.

Family friend John McCormick has posted a Go Fund Me account on Charlie’s behalf, and as of this writing, it’s reached $247,749 of its $285K goal. People can buy tickets to a Bridgeport Sound Tigers – Springfield Thunderbird game on Feb. 23, with proceeds going to that cause, as well. At least one other local team showed support by wearing Capalbo Strong stickers on their helmets.

You can find out more about the Capalbo brothers’ inspiring story during Sunday’s NBC telecast, which begins at noon ET.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.