ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals are teaming up with the National Hockey League Oct. 24 through Nov. 18 to educate the hockey community about cancer through Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month. Hockey Fights Cancer is a league-wide initiative founded by the NHL and NHL Players' Association and is dedicated to raising awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. The Capitals will host Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night supported by global scienes and technology company Leidos during the game against the Florida Panthers on Saturday, Nov. 5, with several initiatives surrounding the evening:
Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic Tributes
As part of the team's Hockey Fights Cancer campaign, each Capitals player, head coach Barry Trotz and owner Ted Leonsis will be paired with a Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic participant who is currently battling cancer or is in remission. Video testimonials featuring players, Trotz and Leonsis reading the biographies of their Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic local wish kid partner and posting their images on a Capitals Hockey Fights Cancer board will be released daily on WashCaps.com/CapsFightCancer through Nov. 5.
Fans can submit photos for the board by tweeting #CapsFightCancer or emailing CapsCare@Washcaps.com. In addition the display will be set up on the concourse on Nov. 5, and fans are invited to post photos of their loved ones affected by cancer on the board throughout the game.
In addition the Caps main homepage, Capitals section on the NHL mobile app and social media accounts will also be remodeled with lavender assets to help promote awareness.
Nov. 5 In-Game Activities
Children from Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic will participate in various in-game activities during Hockey Fights Cancer night, including Olympia rides, the flag tunnel and a ceremonial puck drop. 17-year-old Severn, Md., native and local wish kid Peter will participate in the puck drop with Capitals alumnus John Druce. Peter is currently in remission, having beaten two types of cancer - Ewing's Sarcoma and leukemia. Druce lost his daughter Courtney to cancer in April 2016.
MSE Foundation Auction
Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation is hosting an auction featuring Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys, sticks, pucks and hats. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Flashes of Hope, Hope for Henry, Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
During warmups, players will wear lavender Capitals jerseys with the nameplate of the Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic child for whom the player is skating in honor and feature players' nicknames cut into the numbers. Player-used sticks with lavender tape, pucks featuring a lavender Capitals logo and autographed Hockey Fights Cancer hats and ties will round out the auction. A loose nameplate with the player's name will be included with each jersey.
Lavender is the official color the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer campaign, as it represents all forms of cancer.
The auction will take place at the MSE Foundation table located on the main concourse at section 104 of Verizon Center during the game. Fans interested in bidding will need to download the Handbid app on their iPhone and Android devices and should ensure their phones or tablets are well charged for the game. Fans without smart phones may bid on iPads supplied by the Capitals at the MSE Foundation table while the auction is open. Fans not attending the game may bid using the Handbid app or online at https://washcaps.com/hfc-auction. Bidding began at noon on Oct. 24 and will conclude when the second intermission ends. New items will be added leading up to the auction.
During the game, Leidos will present a $40,000 donation along with funds raised through the MSE Foundation auction to representatives from Flashes of Hope, Hope for Henry, Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
The Capitals also have partnered with Ellie's Hats for a hat drive Friday, Nov. 4, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Capitals home game on Nov. 5. Ellie's Hats is a local organization that collects new hats to donate to kids who are battling cancer and going through chemotherapy treatments. Fans can visit the Ellie's Hat table located at section 115 and drop off their hat on Nov. 5. All fans that donate a hat will receive a limited edition Hockey Fights Cancer rally towel and a voucher for 10% off at the Verizon Team Store. For more information visit www.elieshats.org.
Nov. 4 Hockey Fights Cancer Skate
In addition, the Capitals will host a Hockey Fights Cancer skate with Flashes of Hope, Hope for Henry, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Friday, Nov. 4.
About Hockey Fights Cancer
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 $16 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.
About Ellie's Hats
Ellie's Hats collects hats for children undergoing cancer treatment in the hopes that the hats will show the children others are thinking about them. The organization was founded in honor of Ellie, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in the spring of 2013 prior to entering Kindergarten. That fall, she lost most of her hair and wore hats to school each day, expressing her personality through her hat selection.
About Flashes of Hope
Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research and changes the way children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography. The goal of Flashes of Hope is to photograph every child until every child is cured. MSE Foundation and the Capitals established the D.C. chapter of Flashes of Hope at Children's National, and also support the Northern Virginia chapter based at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
About Hope for Henry
Hope for Henry is reinventing how hospitals care for seriously ill children and their families through innovative programs that entertain, reduce stress and empower children to be active participants in their own care. Since 2003, Hope for Henry has improved the lives of more than 16,000 kids and families at Children's National, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and other hospitals around the country.
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.
About Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic®
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic serves children who reside in central and southern Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Founded in 1983, the organization has granted more than 8,800 wishes in the Mid-Atlantic region since its inception. This year alone, 840 local children are expected to be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. However, for every wish granted, at least two more local children are waiting. The community has the opportunity to make an impact today by helping Make-A-Wish to reach hundreds of kids whose wishes would go otherwise go unanswered this year. For more information, please visit: www.midatlantic.wish.org.
About Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization is leading the way to increase survival for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through a bold initiative - The Vision of Progress: Double Pancreatic Cancer Survival by 2020. To continue to accelerate progress, a goal to raise $200 million by 2020 is also in place. Together, we can Wage Hope and rewrite the future of pancreatic cancer.