Capitals to Honor Canadian Forces at Jan. 17 Game vs. Edmonton
/ Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will salute Canada’s sailors, soldiers and air force personnel at the team’s game on Thursday, Jan. 17, against the Edmonton Oilers at Verizon Center. It marks the first event of its kind where a U.S. NHL team will pay tribute to the armed forces of our Canadian allies.
Ten thousand Capitals fans will receive commemorative pucks provided by the Canadian military, distributed at the end of the game when fans exit the arena. In addition, members of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) will present the colors and the national anthems will be sung by Sgt. Cindy Scott, a professional vocalist with the Air Command Band in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
“The Capitals are excited to honor the dedication and service of the members of the Canadian military,” club president Dick Patrick said. “Our Canadian allies serve alongside U.S. forces around the world, and we appreciate all of their efforts. We hope they enjoy an exciting and memorable night at Verizon Center.”
Among the members of the Canadian Forces in attendance will be sailors from Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Toronto, which recently returned from a Mediterranean deployment where she helped deter, defend, disrupt and protect against maritime terrorist activities; soldiers from PPCLI, Edmonton, who served in Afghanistan; Air Force personnel who deployed to Alaska with NORAD this past fall, as well as Canadian Forces personnel who reside in the D.C. area.
“Many of the Canadian troops who have served on the front lines in Afghanistan are based in the province of Alberta,” said Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach. “All Canadians owe a deep debt of gratitude to the sacrifices our military men and women, and their families back at home, are making to protect our freedoms and our way of life. On behalf of all Albertans, I would like to thank the Washington Capitals for saluting Canada's armed forces. While the Capitals are adversaries with Alberta's teams, the Oilers and Flames, on the ice, we share deep bonds of friendship across our borders.”
There are more than 700 Canadian Forces personnel currently posted in the U.S. Nearly 350 are with NORAD, with the remainder employed with headquarters and units around the country.
The Capitals will host their annual Salute to the Military Night on Feb. 20 at Verizon Center when the Capitals host the New York Islanders.