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Mike Green Named a Finalist for 13th Annual NHL Foundation Player Award

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – For the second-consecutive year, Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green is a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award, which is given to the player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community. Green joins another multi-year nominee, Dustin Brown from the Los Angeles Kings, as well as Daniel and Henrik Sedin from the Vancouver Canucks as finalists. Green could become the second Capital to win the award since Olie Kolzig won it in 2001.

NHL clubs submitted nominations for the NHL Foundation Player Award and the finalists were selected by a judging panel. The NHL Foundation will present $25,000 to the chosen charitable organization of this year’s recipient. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2011 NHL Awards that will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada.

“It’s truly an honor to be named a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award,” said Green. “I’ve had the privilege of working with some amazing people through the various programs we have here in Washington and look forward to another year of rewarding community experiences.”

Green participated in Miracle on Seventh Street for three-straight years, serving holiday meals to underprivileged families from the Washington area. He wasn’t content simply donating his time on Christmas and Thanksgiving Day so starting in 2007, he has been “adopting” local families each year for the holidays. Green has partnered with the Children’s Law Center’s Adopt a Family Christmas Drive, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities Family EMPOWERment Center and the Washington Wizards’ Family-to-Family program, providing presents for the families he has adopted, delivering them in person and sharing Christmas Day with them. His actions led to the Capitals organization adopting 50 families during the past two seasons through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program and three of his teammates adopting families for the 2010 holidays.

Green is also the co-founder of So Kids Can, a fundraising initiative that benefits a different youth-focused nonprofit organization each year. He donates $100 for every goal he scores and $50 for each assist and the figures are doubled during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. During its first two seasons, So Kids Can raised more than $93,000 for charity. In its inaugural year, nearly $30,000 was donated to Pediatric Prosthetics, an organization that helps families throughout the United States who have children with lost limbs or have congenital limb deficiency. Those funds were distributed to children in need in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Last season, So Kids Can raised more than $65,000 for Dr. Bear’s Toy Closet at Children’s National Medical Center. This year, So Kids Can is partnering with KaBOOM! to raise money to build a Capitals-themed playground for an underserved community in the Washington, D.C., area. Once So Kids Can meets its fundraising goal and a site has been selected, Caps fans will be invited to take part in the playground construction.

Through his Green’s Gang initiative, which he started in 2008, Green purchases seven Capitals season tickets and donates them to Most Valuable Kids (MVK). MVK then distributes these tickets to soldiers and their families and to boys and girls, 18 and under, through numerous nonprofit organizations that focus on children in low-income and underserved households. Green’s Gang sit in their very own special section in the lower level of Verizon Center, are recognized on the video board at home games and each person in the section receives a Green’s Gang T-shirt. Green takes the gesture one step further by conducting personal meet and greet sessions. Following select games, he meets privately with Green’s Gang and signs autographs, answers questions and takes pictures with the attendees, providing them with a memory they will never forget. Green has provided more than 1,000 tickets for Caps regular season and playoff games through this program.

Green has been at the forefront of the Caps’ adoption of Powell Elementary School, a Title I D.C. Public School (DCPS). During the 2010-11 season, he visited the school on three occasions. In August, Green joined more than 125 Caps fans in the 2010 DCPS Beautification Day, a day of service dedicated to sprucing up schools. His second visit to Powell Elementary was for a design session with students as the Caps and U.S. Department of Agriculture will build a garden on the school’s grounds this spring. His last visit to the school was to present the garden design to preschool through fourth-grade students during a school-wide assembly. Green also attended a hockey clinic at The White House with third and fourth graders from Powell and plans to go back to the school when the garden is completed.

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