The Capitals auctioned autographed jerseys that the players wore during pregame warmups at the team’s Oct. 23 home game against Atlanta. The jerseys featured Hockey Fights Cancer patches on the front with the players’ names and numbers stitched in grey on the back. The red and grey jerseys are the same colors as LLS’s logo.
Fourteen jerseys went for $1,000 or more, with Alex Ovechkin
’s jersey the top seller at $1,800. Other top bid recipients were jerseys worn and autographed by Nicklas Backstrom
, Matt Bradley, John Carlson
, Jason Chimera
, Mike Green
, D.J. King, Mike Knuble
, Brooks Laich
, Mathieu Perreault
, Tom Poti
, Jeff Schultz
, Alexander Semin
and Semyon Varlamov. There was also a special “Rock the Red” guitar donated by Paul Reed Smith and autographed by the entire Caps team that was auctioned off for $7,000.
Before the Oct. 23 game 30 Caps fans who have battled, beaten, helped treat or been personally touched by leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease or myeloma were honored in an on-ice ceremony. Participants wore red T-shirts with the Caps logo on the front, the Hockey Fights Cancer logo on the back and the LLS logo on the sleeve. Players Matt Bradley, Mike Knuble
and Tyler Sloan, whose mothers have all battled cancer, took part in the ceremony. Mike Green
(Green’s Gang) and Alex Ovechkin
(Ovi’s Crazy 8’s) donated their seats to LLS’s National Capital Area Chapter for the game. Attendees sitting in these sections were blood cancer survivors and patients.
Caps players, team personnel and front office staff actively participated in the initiative. All players’ helmets featured a Hockey Fights Cancer decal throughout the month of October. Coaches and select owners and team personnel wore commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer ties. Forward Matt Bradley was featured in a PSA with leukemia survivor and Caps fan Tori Callihan that ran during Capitals home games in October and is featured on WashingtonCaps.com.
Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association. It is supported by players, NHL member clubs, NHL alumni, the NHL Officials’ Association, professional hockey athletic trainers and equipment managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. The goal of Hockey Fights Cancer is to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. To date, Hockey Fights Cancer has raised more than $11 million. Hockey Fights Cancer is a component of The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice, the National Hockey League’s and National Hockey League Players’ Association’s social responsibility program that builds on hockey’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.
About The National Capital Area Chapter
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has 58 U.S. chapters, and the National Capital Area Chapter is one of the highest revenue-generating chapters in the nation. The National Capital Area Chapter serves Washington, D.C.; the Maryland counties of Prince George and Montgomery; and the Virginia Counties of Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and Prince William. More than 2,500 patients and families are served by the chapter each year.