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Capalbo Strong: Brothers battle cancer together

When Charlie Capalbo was diagnosed with cancer, he and his brother Will brought their fighting hockey spirit from the ice to take on Charlie's leukemia.

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 or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.