ARLINGTON, Va. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation raised $88,780 for Cancer Train and Flashes of Hope through an auction on Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night presented by Leidos on Oct. 28 during the Capitals game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Leidos donated an additional $20,000 for a total of $108,780 raised for Flashes of Hope and Cancer Train.
The Washington Capitals are teaming up with the National Hockey League through Nov. 13 to educate the hockey community about cancer through Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month. 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.
The MSE Foundation auction featured autographed jerseys, goalie masks, sticks and pucks. During warmups, players wore 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.
Lavender is the official color the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer campaign, as it represents all forms of cancer.
The jerseys featured 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 also wore Hockey Fights Cancer-themed goalie masks during the game. Player-used sticks with lavender tape and pucks featuring a lavender Capitals logo rounded out the auction.
Five jerseys sold for more than $2,000, with captain Alex Ovechkin’s jersey selling for the most at $8,150. Holtby’s autographed mask sold for $8,500. The Hockey Fights Cancer tie worn by coach Barry Trotz and autographed by Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby sold for $1,575.
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.
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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.