The 2018-19 Washington Capitals team hosted a Hockey Fights Cancer skate with Casey Cares, Flashes of Hope, Hope for Henry, Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Nov. 10.
The Capitals are teaming up with the National Hockey League throughout November to educate the hockey community about cancer through Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month. Hockey Fights Cancer is a league-wide initiative founded by the NHL and NHL Players' Association and is dedicated to raising awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. The Capitals hosted Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night supported by global sciences and technology company Leidos during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Nov. 9.
On Nov. 10, families affiliated with Casey Cares, Hope for Henry, Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network watched the team's practice. Following practice, families joined players on the ice for a skating session.
As part of the team's Hockey Fights Cancer campaign, each Capitals player was paired with a Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic participant who is currently battling cancer or is in remission. During the skate, they met with their partner on the ice prior to the event beginning.
In addition, several players participated in a Flashes of Hope photo shoot. Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research. Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation currently helps fund the Flashes of Hope chapters in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia.