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Washington Capitals Hockey Fights Cancer Jersey Auction

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals Charities is hosting a jersey auction during the team’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night at the Caps game on Saturday, Oct. 22, to raise money for the Washington, D.C., chapter of Flashes of Hope. During warmups, players will wear game-issued home jerseys with a Hockey Fights Cancer patch. The jerseys will feature players’ names and numbers backed in lavender twill instead of the traditional blue. Lavender is the official color the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer month, as it represents all forms of cancer.

These autographed, practice-worn jerseys will be auctioned off at the Community Relations table located on the main concourse at section 103/104 of Verizon Center during the Capitals game against the Detroit Red Wings. Bidding will start when doors open at 6 p.m. and will conclude when the puck drops to start the third period. For the first time fans who are not in attendance will be allowed to bid on items by submitting an absentee bid form.  Absentee bid forms must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21. Click Here to bid on a jersey.

The Washington, D.C., Flashes of Hope chapter is funded by Washington Capitals Charities and based out of Children’s National Medical Center in northwest Washington. Last year 166 D.C.-area families were photographed during eight shoots. Capitals forward Jason Chimera attended a photo shoot on the Hematology/Oncology Care Unit at Children’s Hospital in October 2010, spending time with patients and their families, taking photos and signing autographs. Chimera and Brooks Laich also participated in a Flashes of Hope photo shoot at Kettler Capitals Iceplex earlier this month as part of Hockey Fights Cancer month.

Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research. The portraits, taken by award-winning photographers, help children feel better about their changing appearance by celebrating it. For families of terminally ill children, it's especially important to have a portrait that forever preserves the beauty, grace and dignity of their child. The goal of Flashes of Hope is to photograph every child until every child is cured.

Hockey Fights Cancer is 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. It is a joint initiative founded in 1998 by the NHL and the Players' Association to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. Hockey Fights Cancer 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. To date more than $11 million has been raised to support national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations.

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