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Capitals’ Fans Are Encouraged to Participate in a Hockey Playoff Tradition

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals, along with media partners 106.7 The Fan and Comcast SportsNet, are encouraging fans to participate in one of hockey’s most visible traditions - the playoff beard. Fans may elect to grow a beard themselves or make a financial donation in support of a Capitals player or a fan who has elected to grow a playoff beard. The Capitals’ Beard-a-thon is an opportunity for fans to grow their own beard and raise money for charity, as all proceeds will benefit Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Fort Dupont Ice Arena is the only full-size indoor ice arena in Washington, D.C.

Participants in the Capitals’ Beard-a-thon can invite family members, friends and business associates to pledge money for their playoff beard. Some of the participants in the Beard-a-thon are 106.7 The Fan’s John “Cakes” Auville from the Sports Junkies, Chad Dukes from the Lavar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes. Capitals’ arena announcer Wes Johnson will also participate in the Beard-a-thon. Money will be donated to Fort Dupont Ice Arena for every day that a fan maintains his beard. Fans who do not wish to or are unable to grow a playoff beard can participate by pledging a donation to your favorite Caps player or personality. For more information or to enroll in the Capitals’ Beard-a-thon, log onto
The fan who raises the most money will win a Caps VIP Game Experience, which includes four tickets on the glass, a ride on the Olympia and a postgame meet and greet with the Capitals player of their choice next season. All donations for the Capitals’ Beard-a-thon are tax deductible.
“The Beard-a-thon is a fun and creative way for Caps fans to celebrate a great hockey tradition and to give back to the community at the same time,” said Capitals director of community relations Elizabeth Wodatch. Last season, nearly 800 Capitals fans participated in the Beard-a-thon and raised more than $43,000 for charity.
About Fort Dupont
Washington Capitals Charities will be donating all proceeds from the 2010 Beard-A-Thon to Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Fort Dupont is the only public indoor ice arena located in Washington, D.C., and the only skating facility in the area that provides free or subsidized skating programs to children. Its Kids On Ice program provides free figure skating, hockey and speed skating lessons to economically disadvantaged children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn these sports. Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena partners with public and private schools, summer camps, churches and local community organizations to promote and deliver its programs to more than 10,000 children per year.
About the Playoff Beard
The playoff beard is one of the most popular superstitions in all of sports. The player stops shaving his beard when his team enters the playoffs and does not shave until his team is eliminated or wins the Stanley Cup. It is believed that the tradition was started in the 1980s by the four-time Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders, whose team members refrained from shaving during postseason play. This was done so that the team’s luck would not be disrupted during a series. In recent years other sports and other players have claimed the playoff beard tradition, but it is and always will be a hockey tradition.

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