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Sept. 21: Washington Capitals Visit Hurricane Katrina Evacuees

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals Visit Hurricane Katrina Evacuees
Halpern, Kolzig, Ovechkin and Zubrus spend more than three hours at D.C. Armory

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 22, 2005 – Washington Capitals players Jeff Halpern, Olie Kolzig, Alex Ovechkin and Dainius Zubrus and mascot Slapshot visited with Hurricane Katrina evacuees at the D.C. Armory Thursday, Sept. 22. The players helped serve a gourmet dinner provided by Cuisine Solutions, signed autographs, handed out Capitals T-Shirts and pucks and spent time with the evacuees. The Caps players also served ice cream donated by the Latin American Youth Center’s Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop at Eastern Market.
“We met so many amazing people tonight and made a lot of new friends,” said Kolzig. “The stories we heard were unbelievable and we’re going to do whatever we can to help out.”
Halpern, Kolzig, Ovechkin and Zubrus spent more than three hours at the Armory. After serving dinner and dessert, the players sat down with both evacuees and volunteers, along with the chef, and enjoyed a meal together.
Halpern, Kolzig, Ovechkin and Zubrus invited the D.C. Armory residents and volunteers to the Caps home opener Oct. 5 at MCI Center. The evacuees and volunteers will be bused to MCI Center where they will watch the Caps take on the Columbus Blue Jackets and be treated to a meal compliments of the Capitals.
Previously the Caps helped raise more than $35,000 for the American Red Cross at the Team-Up DC/Hurricane Relief event Sept. 9 at RFK Stadium. Jared Aulin, Steve Eminger, Matt Pettinger and Brian Willsie joined players from D.C. United and the Washington Mystics, Nationals, Redskins and Wizards to accept drive-thru and walk-up donations.
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.

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