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September Winners of Caps License Plates Program Contest

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals have announced the September winners in the Caps License Plates Program contest. Cristen Hanner of Centreville, Va. and Sharon Walker of Beltsville, Md., were each selected to receive a puck autographed by defenseman Mike Green.

Hanner and Walker entered the contest by submitting a Caps license plate application, payment and a short response on what makes them a Caps fan. Their winning entries are posted below.

Fans who sign-up for a Virginia or Maryland Caps license plate are encouraged to submit 250 words or less on why they are a Caps fan and how they show their support for the team. Each month from June to December, the Caps will select the best responses from Virginia and Maryland fans and announce the winners on Applicants of winning responses will receive memorabilia autographed by current Caps players and coaches and by Caps alumni.

For more information on Caps license plates or to download an application, please visit  HYPERLINK ""

To enter the contest, please complete a Caps license plate application for Virginia or Maryland, submit payment information and email your 250-word response to  HYPERLINK "" Contest winners will be announced on

Virginia Winner: Cristen Hanner of Centreville
Why am I a Caps fan? It’s quite simple; they’re all real (players and coaches). What I mean by the term, “real”, is that they aren’t fake athletes who act like they care because it makes them look good like most professional athletes do. They genuinely care about their fans, their community, but most of all they care and are dedicated to the charities they support.  They’re positive role models and leaders and that’s what I like most about this team.  

In addition to them being down to earth individuals and proactive in the community, they all love the sport---it’s abundantly clear when you watch the interviews. They don’t play for the money; they play for the love of the game (ok, maybe money is a small factor!).  

It’s rare to find a group of guys who mesh so well and who play as a team the way the Caps do.  They have fun and that’s the most important thing and something an athlete can’t forget. They have an exceptional sense of work ethics that they abide by and that’s why they’re the best team in NHL and that’s why I’m a fan!!!

Maryland Winner: Sharon Walker of Beltsville
I became a Caps fan in the early 90’s. My husband was already a big fan. One night I left him home alone to care for our then two-month-old daughter. Expecting to find him in a tizzie and her screaming, much to my surprise every one was calm when I returned home. It seems televised hockey is a good tool for babysitting. The fast pace motion on the television screen seemed to keep her mesmerized and Daddy happy. From that day on I was a BIG hockey fan. We took her to her first game when she was two, and when she was nine she started playing hockey. I became a “Hockey Mom”, and everyone knows Hockey Moms are the biggest fans out there. The Washington Caps have their ups and downs and never once did I root for any other team. Love that “Gabby”!

When I found out you could get NHL license plates I traded my Fire department tags in to show my support for the Washington Capitals and support their charities. I wanted to be the first in my neighborhood to have them, and I am.
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