ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals are teaming up with the National Hockey League October 19 through November 13 to educate the hockey community about cancer through Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month. The Capitals will host Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night presented by Leidos during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
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.
In support of the initiative fans are encouraged to visit WashingtonCapitals.com/CapsFightCancer for a special microsite featuring testimonials by Capitals players on why they’re involved with Hockey Fights Cancer. In addition fans are invited to tweet @Caps_Slapshot with the hashtag #CapsFightCancer and the name of someone battling cancer for inclusion in Slapshot’s pregame introductions on Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by Leidos. The Caps main homepage and social media accounts will also be remodeled with lavender assets to help promote awareness.
As part of Hockey Fights Cancer Night, 12-year-old Brookeville, Md., native and local wish kid Sam Becker will participate in a ceremonial puck drop on behalf of Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic. In December 2014, Becker’s wish to meet Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom came true through Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic when he attended the Capitals game against the New York Islanders on Nov. 28 and met Backstrom prior the game. At the time Becker was battling Ewing’s sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, and is currently in remission.
In addition Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation is hosting an auction featuring jerseys, goalie masks, sticks and pucks. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Flashes of Hope and Cancer Train.
During warmups, players will wear lavender Capitals jerseys with a Hockey Fights Cancer patch in honor of Andi Lambert, the late wife of assistant coach Lane Lambert. Andi passed away in September following a battle with cancer. The jerseys will feature players’ names and numbers in ombré twill as well as a removable nameplate featuring the name of the player’s loved one who has experienced a form of cancer. Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer will also wear Hockey Fights Cancer-themed goalie masks during the game. Player-used sticks with lavender tape and pucks featuring a lavender Capitals logo will round out the auction.
Lavender is the official color the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer campaign, as it represents all forms of cancer.
These autographed, jerseys, goalie masks, sticks and pucks will be auctioned off at the MSE Foundation table located on the main concourse at section 104 of Verizon Center during game. This year MSE Foundation will be using Handbid, a mobile-based bidding app. 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. Bidding will start at noon on Oct. 28 and will conclude when the second intermission ends.
During the game, Leidos Sector President Jon Scholl will present both Cancer Train and Flashes of Hope with a $10,000 donation.
"At Leidos, we're committed to doing all that we can to provide new treatments and ultimately cure cancer through our research and related work in the health field," said Scholl. "I'm honored to be a part of this effort to educate our community and support these worthy causes."
In addition, the Washington Capitals have partnered with Ellie’s Hats for a hat drive on Friday, Oct. 30, at the Capitals home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. 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 Caps Care Community Relations table located at section 114 and drop off their hat. All fans that donate a hat will receive a limited edition Hockey Fights Cancer Braden Holtby Poster and a voucher for 10% off at the Verizon Team Store. For more information visit www.ellieshats.org.
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 $15 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.
Leidos is a science and technology solutions leader working to address some of the world's toughest challenges in national security, health and engineering. The Company's 19,000 employees support vital missions for government and the commercial sector, develop innovative solutions to drive better outcomes and defend our digital and physical infrastructure from 'new world' threats. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $5.06 billion for its fiscal year ended January 30, 2015. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.
About Cancer Train
Cancer Train was the charity of choice for Andi Lambert, wife of Capitals assistant coach Lane, who lost her long battle with cancer in September. Cancer Train raises money through charity events and direct donations for young adults who need help offsetting bills while undergoing cancer treatment. Although Cancer Train is based out of Las Vegas and typically serves patients there, MSE Foundation’s partnership will benefit patients in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
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 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 8,300 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.