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Caps to Participate in Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals are teaming up with the National Hockey League this October to educate the hockey community about cancer. Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month is a league-wide initiative founded by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association that brings the hockey community together to fight cancer, a disease that has affected so many individuals in the hockey family and beyond


Caps players, team personnel and front office staff will actively participate in the initiative. Players’ helmets will feature a Hockey Fights Cancer decal – lavender in color, representing all forms of cancer – on the back of their helmet throughout the month. Coaches and other team personnel will participate in the cause while sporting commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer ties.

During home games on Oct. 11, 13 and 18, the Caps will host a player-worn practice jersey auction. The jerseys will feature the player’ names and numbers screened in pink in addition to a pink ribbon. Several jerseys will be auctioned off each night, and all money raised will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. There will also be an informational Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure table at each of the games. At the home opener on Saturday, Oct. 11, when the Capitals announce the attendance, they will ask fans to donate $1 upon exit, with all money raised going toward Hockey Fights Cancer.

Hockey Fights Cancer Night highlights the schedule. On Oct. 18, Caps fans that have battled, beaten, helped treat or been personally touched by breast cancer will be honored in an on-ice ceremony prior to that night’s game against the New Jersey Devils. The participants will wear pink t-shirts with the Caps logo on the front and the Hockey Fights Cancer logo on the back. Players Matt Bradley and Shaone Morrisonn, who both lost their mothers to cancer, will take part in the ceremony.

As the Caps take part, fans will also be encouraged to join the fight. Commemorative ties, ladies’ scarves, men’s and ladies’ caps and the book Reflections 2008—The NHL Hockey Year in Photographs will be on sale at shop.nhl.com, NHL team stores and the NHL Powered by Reebok store in New York City. In addition, there will be an online auction of autographed and other Hockey Fights Cancer memorabilia. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. Fans are also encouraged to join the fight by calling (800) 540-6500 or logging on to hockeyfightscancer.com.

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 $10 million.
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