Capitals to Host Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night, Oct. 26 vs. Vancouver
/ Washington Capitals
Team to honor legendary beat writer Dave Fay, launch Courage Caps initiative
ARLINGTON, Va. – Oct. 23, 2007 – The Washington Capitals will host Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night on Friday, Oct. 26, when the team hosts the Vancouver Canucks at Verizon Center. The evening will feature activities to mark the 10th anniversary of Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC), a league-wide initiative founded by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association. Washington is one of the league’s 30 teams taking part in the year-long celebration, which commences in October with Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month.
Capitals president Dick Patrick, vice president and general manager George McPhee and the team’s coaching staff and broadcasters will wear pink Hockey Fights Cancer ties provided by the NHL. Capitals staff will also be donning HFC pins to denote the evening’s importance. Capitals players will be featured in HFC public service announcements shown throughout the game.
Legendary Caps beat writer Dave Fay, who passed away in this summer after a long battle with cancer, will be honored during the first period. Capitals chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick will present a check for $10,000 to HFC on behalf of Fay. Fay’s wife, Pat, and son, Michael, will join team officials and NHL vice president of community and diversity programming Ken Martin for the presentation. Fay’s friends, collegues, readers and the NHL have donated an additional $10,000 to HFC in his memory.
The evening also marks the official launch of Courage Caps, team-issued and branded hats that will be sold throughout the season at Capitals home games, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and online at WashingtonCaps.com and NHL.com. Players’ wives and girlfriends will help sell the hats on the concourse during intermissions for $20 with 100% of the sale price benefiting CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit based in Bethesda and an NHL charitable partner that focuses on raising funds for the Children’s Oncology Group, the world’s largest cooperative cancer research organization that treats 90% of children with cancer.
A group of CureSearch families and patients will also be in attendance at the game, sitting in the Olie’s All-Stars and Alex’s Crazy 8s sections. They will be recognized during the evening and a pair will receive intermission Olympia rides.
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 $9 million.