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Capitals Raise More Than $55,000 During Hockey Fights Cancer Night

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation raised $55,050 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s National Capital Area Chapter during the team’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night versus the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 29.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. The organization funds research to advance more breakthrough therapies for blood cancer patients, and serves as the voice for these patients, working to ensure access to treatments for all.

nullTwenty-one jerseys were auctioned for $1,000 or more, with captain Alex Ovechkin’s jersey the top seller at $4,250 during the Washington Capitals’ Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation auctioned the jerseys, which the players wore during pregame warmups. The auction raised $55,050 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s National Capital Area Chapter

During Hockey Fights Cancer Night, MSE Foundation auctioned autographed jerseys that the players wore during pregame warmups. The jerseys featured Hockey Fights Cancer patches on the front with the players’ names and numbers stitched in lavender twill on the back. Lavender is the official color the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer month, as it represents all forms of cancer. Hockey Fights Cancer-themed goalie masks worn by goaltenders Braden Holtby and Justin Peters also were auctioned.

Twenty-one jerseys were auctioned for $1,000 or more, with captain Alex Ovechkin’s jersey the top seller at $4,250. Holtby’s mask was auctioned for $6,500, while Peters’ mask was auctioned for $4,000. Other top bid recipients were jerseys worn and autographed by Nicklas Backstrom ($2,700), Jay Beagle ($2,200), Troy Brouwer ($2,500) and Eric Fehr ($3,000).

Nicklas Backstrom wears the Hockey Fights Cancer jersey during the Washington Capitals’ Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Oct. 29.

Eleven-year-old Bethesda, Md., native and local wish kid Ryan Darby participated in a ceremonial puck drop on behalf of Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic with Ovechkin and Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg prior to the game. Make-A-Wish Mid Atlantic is the beneficiary of a $5,000 grant distributed by the NHL to the Washington Capitals in support of a local cancer organization. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

In addition all players’ helmets featured a Hockey Fights Cancer decal, and coaches, broadcasters and team personnel wore commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer ties during the game.

Hockey Fights Cancer is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association to raise money and awareness for hockey’s most important fight. To date, through the NHL’s U.S. and Canadian charitable foundations, more than $12.8 million has been raised under the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative to support national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations. The Hockey Fights Cancer program is also a component of the NHL’s “Biggest Assist Happens Off the Ice” campaign - the League’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.

The Hockey Fights Cancer program is supported by NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials’ Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America.

Eleven-year-old Bethesda, Md., native and local wish kid Ryan Darby participates in a ceremonial puck drop on behalf of Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic with Capitals captain Ovechkin and Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg prior to the Capitals Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night on Oct. 29.
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