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Sept. 20: Capitals Raise Money for Hurricane Katrina Relief

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Capitals Raise Money for Hurricane Katrina Relief
Washington Capitals Charities to donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  – September 20, 2005 – Washington Capitals Charities will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, part of an extensive plan to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Capitals organization, players, fans and area youth hockey teams have provided and continue to provide financial and morale support efforts.
 
The Capitals have partnered with D.C. area youth hockey to create a patch to sell to local youth hockey leagues, teams and players for $10 each or two for $15. Fans will also be able to purchase the patches at Capitals home games or via WashingtonCaps.com. The patch program is similar to the one that the Capitals instituted for 9/11 relief efforts, which raised nearly $45,000.
 
Throughout September and October the Washington Capitals will also collect monetary donations at all home games for the American Red Cross.
 
Later this week Capitals players Jeff Halpern, Olie Kolzig, Alex Ovechkin and Dainius Zubrus, along with mascot Slapshot, will visit with Hurricane Katrina evacuees at the D.C. Armory. The players will serve dinner and dessert, sign autographs, hand out Capitals memorabilia and spend time with the evacuees.
 
Previously the Capitals helped raise more than $35,000 at the Team-Up DC/Hurricane Relief event Sept. 9 at RFK Stadium. Jared Aulin, Steve Eminger, Matt Pettinger and Brian Willsie represented the team to accept “drive-thru” and walk-up donations on behalf of the Red Cross

The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) also teamed up to donate $1 million to the American Red Cross efforts to assist those affected by the Hurricane Katrina disaster. In addition to the financial contribution, the League and the Players’ Association will participate in a unique auction of game-worn opening night jerseys to further support the fund-raising endeavor.
 
The Capitals will host their first preseason game tomorrow night as they play the Buffalo Sabres at MCI Center at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WashingtonCaps.com. The team opens the regular season Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. against the Columbus Blue Jackets at MCI Center.

Capitals season-ticket and partial plans for the 2005-06 season are now available. Season-ticket prices were reduced by an average of 11% last summer and will start as low as $14 per game. Plan holders can also take advantage of the Caps PowerPay option – monthly payments with no fees or charges. Capitals individual game tickets are also currently on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets. Call 202-266-CAPS or visit WashingtonCaps.com for information. 
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