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Capitals Beard-A-Thon® Raises More Than $42,000 for USA Warriors

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. –Washington Capitals fans raised more than $42,000 for the USA Warriors by participating in the team’s Beard-A-Thon® initiative during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

A playoff beard is the superstitious practice of a hockey player not shaving his beard during the playoffs. The player stops shaving when his team enters the playoffs and does not shave until his team is either eliminated or wins the Stanley Cup®. Through Beard-A-Thon® fans elected to grow a beard themselves or made a financial donation in support of a Capitals player or a fan who chose to grow a playoff beard.

The USA Warriors was officially founded in 2008 and was organized to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes for those wounded in defense of the United States. The Program’s mission is to organize and administer an ice hockey program that provides a recreational, therapeutic experience and education. Since its founding, more than 40 players have participated in the sled hockey program and more than 60 players through the standing program.

"The USA Warriors were honored to be chosen as the recipient of the Washington Capitals Beard-A-Thon®,” said Lori Mezzanotte, USA Warriors president. “This donation will help us to provide the game of hockey to more disabled veterans, giving them a sense of purpose and team comradery. The Washington Capitals support our program in so many ways and we are grateful for that relationship."

In addition to Capitals players, personalities from 106.7 The Fan including John “Cakes” Auville, Eric “EB” Bickel, Chad Dukes, Danny Rouhier, and Grant Paulsen and producer Thom Daly also participated in Beard-A-Thon®, raising more than $15,000.

The top Caps fan beard-grower was Arlington, Va., native Justin Taft, who raised nearly $7,250. Taft has participated and won Beard-A-Thon® the last four times the Capitals made the playoffs.

Fans can continue to donate to Beard-A-Thon® through the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals by visiting the Capitals’ Beard-A-Thon® page at

Since 2009 Beard-a-thon® has raised more than $3 million for NHL team charities, and each year, some 7,000 fans, players and alumni sign up to grow in support of those worthy causes in their area.

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