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Capitals to Host Blood Drive, Saturday, Feb. 9 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Donors will receive Rod Langway bobblehead, two tickets to upcoming Caps game

ARLINGTON, VA. –The Washington Capitals have teamed up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fans donating blood will receive a limited edition Rod Langway bobblehead, while supplies last, and two tickets to an upcoming Caps game as thanks for their donation. Langway will also be on hand to sign autographs and meet with fans during the day.

“The blood supply needs to be replenished on a daily basis,” said Gary J. Ouellette, C.E.O for the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region. “Winter weather can prevent donors from keeping their appointments, making it difficult for the American Red Cross to collect the 1000 units of blood we need to on a daily basis to meet the needs of local patients.  When donation rates drop, the community blood supply diminishes quickly.  We need the support of the community to prevent a blood shortages by donating as often as possible.”

Donors are urged to call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment for the Caps blood drive on Feb. 9. The Red Cross will also be signing up donors at the community relations table located at section 104 on the main concourse during the Capitals game against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, Jan. 31. Walk-ups the day of the drive are welcome between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Appointments are not necessary but are preferred. The entire donation process takes approximately one hour.

To give blood, one must be feeling generally well on the day of their donation, at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the past eight weeks (56 days). Donors should not have had any tattoos or body piercings in the 12 months prior to donation.  Aspects of each potential donor's health history are discussed as part of the donation process before any blood is collected. Each donor receives a brief examination during which temperature, pulse, blood pressure and blood count (hemoglobin or hematocrit) are measured. Questions about factors that may affect the eligibility of giving blood may be answered by calling 1-800-GIVE LIFE.

For more information on the Washington Capitals blood drive and rules for donating blood, please contact Elizabeth Wodatch, community relations director, at

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