Fairfield team to retire Charlie Capalbo's jersey in special ceremony
A special night is planned for a special hockey player who touched so many.
Charlie Capalbo's battles with cancer brought entire communities together both in Connecticut and around the world.
The community is preparing to retire his jersey Saturday night. Charlie Capalbo's parents looked at pictures of their son Friday at the Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport.
"Oh, look at these," said Charlie's mother, Jennifer Capalbo.
They say each one has very special meaning.
"We look at them, and they make us smile and cry and just feel really proud of who he was," said Jennifer Capalbo.
Those pictures will be on display Saturday night at the Wonderland of Ice when Charlie's No. 30 jersey, that both he and his brother Will wore, will be retired.
"It's something that we never dreamed would happen, and it's a lot and it's amazing, and I think Charlie would be blown away by it," said Jennifer Capalbo.
Charlie Capalbo died last April after his fourth fight with cancer in five years.
"If you can possibly get used to feeling such pain and such beauty at the same time, I'm getting used to it if that makes any sense," said Charlie's father, Anthony Capalbo.
The day after Charlie died, a Norwalk graffiti artist who goes by 5ivefingaz on Instagram said many people had sent him Charlie's story. He painted a stunning image of the Capalbo Strong picture of Charlie. That will be unveiled at the ceremony Saturday night and forever hang in the rink.
Charlie's No. 30 jersey will hang outside the locker rooms at the Wonderland of Ice so that he will never be forgotten.
The ceremony starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wonderland of Ice. Players from the Fairfield co-op hockey team will be there to remember him.