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Capitals Players Visit Virginia Clinic for Hockey Fights Cancer

Nicklas Backstrom, Lars Eller, Brooks Orpik and T.J. Oshie along with mascot Slapshot visited with children undergoing treatment at Pediatric Specialist of Virginia

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

Capitals players Nicklas Backstrom, Lars Eller, Brooks Orpik and T.J. Oshie along with mascot Slapshot visited with children undergoing treatment at Pediatric Specialist of Virginia on Nov. 29. 

They spent time with the patients and passed out hats through Ellie's Hats

Ellie's Hats is a program that offers children with cancer and their families care and support beginning with a delivery of hats to the child fighting cancer.

"It means a lot to have fun things like that to look forward to," said Stacey Flint, whose daughter, Addy, has undergone treatment at the clinic. "Especially to have something positive at a clinic. It is usually long, boring, cold and you feel pretty crummy, but those kids were all smiling and ecstatic."

The visit was in conjunction with Hockey Fights Cancer Month. 

The Capitals teamed up with FORTUNE 500® science and technology company Leidos 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.

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