ARLINGTON, Va. – During the 2015 Stanley Cup quarterfinal round between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders, Capitals fans are invited to participate in several activities to kick off the postseason.
Game 1 will be played on Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at Verizon Center and available locally on Comcast SportsNet. All Capitals playoff games will also be broadcast on CBS Radio (WJFK 106.7 The Fan) and Hubbard Radio (WFED 1500) as well as on WashingtonCaps.com and on Caps Mobile apps. All games can also be heard on the new 24-hour radio channel, Caps Radio 24/7, devoted specifically to the Capitals and NHL.
Playoff activities include:
The Washington Capitals, alongside 106.7 The Fan, encourages fans to participate in one of hockey’s most visible traditions – the playoff beard. The Capitals’ Beard-a-thon® is an opportunity for fans to grow their own beard while raising money for charity.
Fans may elect to grow a beard themselves or make a financial donation in support of a Capitals player or a fan who has elected to grow a playoff beard.
Confirmed beard-growers include Capitals players Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer, Curtis Glencross, Mike Green, Braden Holtby, Michael Latta, Brooks Orpik, Alex Ovechkin, Justin Peters and Joel Ward. Also participating are 106.7 The Fan’s John “Cakes” Auville, Eric Bickel, Chad Dukes, Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier.
To enroll in the 2015 Washington Capitals Beard-a-thon®, download the app or visit www.beardathon.com/teams/washington-capitals. Both allow growers and supporters to sign up, create a profile, post beard picture updates, view their donation leaderboard and promote their cause on social media. All donations for the Capitals’ Beard-A-Thon are tax deductible.
A prize will be awarded each round for the leader, and the overall leader will receive a team signed jersey.
Money will be donated to the American Special Hockey Association for every day that a fan maintains his beard. Created in 2000 for players with developmental disabilities, the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) gives people of all ages and abilities a chance to learn and grow playing hockey. There are currently 50 ASHA programs in more than 30 cities throughout the United States. To learn more visit www.americanspecialhockey.org.
Official Caps Viewing Parties
Fans are encouraged to attend the Official Caps Viewing Party at Hard Rock Café in Washington, D.C., for Game 3 of round one on Sunday, April 19. Fans will have the opportunity to win autographed prizes and meet Slapshot and the Red Rockers. The event begins at 11 a.m. at 999 E St. NW in Washington, D.C.
Fans are also invited to attend the Official Caps Viewing Party presented by Budweiser at Verizon Center for Game 4 during round one on Tuesday, April 21. Fans will have a chance to win premium Caps giveaways at the viewing party. The F Street entrance of Verizon Center will open at 6 p.m. for the event.
School Playoff Pep Rallies
The Washington Capitals will host pep rallies at local schools during each round of the playoffs while school is in session. Principals, teachers and students are encouraged to get their schools involved by making signs, posters and videos to show their Caps spirit. Entries can be submitted at http://www.washcaps.com/peprally.
The Capitals will select a winning school each round to receive a pep rally featuring five stations to get the students excited to Rock the Red during the playoffs. Students will have the opportunity to play in a street hockey scrimmage, participate in an accuracy shot station, take a photo with mascot Slapshot, engage in goalie shootout with their teacher and take part in a stickhandling station. All participants will leave the Pep Rally with a Caps playoff T-shirt.
Entries for the first round must be received from teachers and school administers by Tuesday, April 14, to participate.
Rock the Red Ride of Fame Bus
Fans are encouraged to ride the Capitals’ Rock the Red Ride of Fame bus, which will pick up riders on game days outside of Verizon Center on 6th and F Street an hour and a half prior to each home game for a ride around Washington, D.C.
Admission is free, and a game ticket is not required to ride. Space is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Watch and Listen
Games 1, 2 and 4 will be televised exclusively on Comcast SportsNet in the Washington/Baltimore region, while Game 3 will air nationally on NBC. Games 1 (USA), 2 (NBCSN) and 4 (USA) will also be televised to a national audience outside of the Washington/Baltimore region. Television information for Games 5, 6 and 7 will be announced at a later time.
Comcast SportsNet will present Capitals Postgame Live immediately following all seven potential first-round games, regardless of the network carrying the game, and will air Capitals Pregame Live before each game televised by the network.
All Capitals playoff games will also be broadcast on CBS Radio (WJFK 106.7 The Fan) and Hubbard Radio (WFED 1500) as well as on WashingtonCaps.com and on Caps Mobile apps. In addition to broadcasting the games, both stations will carry complete pre- and postgame shows. All games can also be heard on the new 24-hour radio channel, Caps Radio 24/7, devoted specifically to the Capitals and NHL. Caps Radio 24/7 will also have a two-hour pregame show before each playoff game.
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