The Capitals are celebrating Hockey Is For Everyone (HIFE) in February and for the third straight year, Caps goaltender Braden Holtby will be serving as the HIFE ambassador.
Holtby supports the LGBTQ community and in September, Holtby was invited to be a speaker at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner, where he shared remarks on the importance of equality.
He also previously served as the Capitals' You Can Play ambassador during past Hockey is For Everyone campaigns. Along with his wife, Brandi, Holtby has marched in multiple Capital Pride Parades in support of the LGBTQ community.
"It's something my family and I believe in, and I'm super proud that the NHL takes an initiative in it," Holtby said. "I think on our platform it's something that means a lot to us, so it's a no brainer to try and be a part of it."
HIFE will be highlighted with several events throughout the month of February, including a workshop hosted by the United Arab Emirates Women's National Hockey Team for the American Special Hockey Association on Feb. 4.
On Feb. 11, Holtby will lead several Capitals players for the third-consecutive year in using sticks wrapped in rainbow-colored 'Pride Tape' during warmups. The sticks will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Additionally, on Feb. 26 the Caps will host a Black History Night where the countless contributions made to the sport of hockey and the Capitals organization by African-Americans will be highlighted throughout the Capitals vs. Senator's game.
"The Caps from Ted down really make sure that everyone knows that hockey is for everyone and that our sport is to be shared with everyone," said Holtby. "It's not only meant for certain people, I think that is a stepping stone through sport to lead into all forms of life."