Arlington, Va. - The 2019-20 Capitals roster and head coach Todd Reirden participated in the fourth annual Wish Upon a Par on Jan. 12, raising more than $110,000 for Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic.
The event, hosted by Brooks & Erin Orpik along with Tom Wilson, and coordinated by Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, was held at Topgolf in National Harbor. Wish Upon a Par offered Caps fans the chance to spend time with Washington Capitals players in support of local wishes. Local wish kids were also in attendance to spend time with event participants and players to help put a face to the hundreds of local kids battling critical illnesses that Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic serves annually, and all the wish kids who are still waiting for a wish that events like this help make possible.
Capitals fans were able to purchase tickets to attend the event and a special meet and greet with players, or bid on the chance to play a round of Topgolf with players. All proceeds benefitted Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and local wishes for children with critical illnesses in our community.
Several current and former Capitals players were in attendance, including Brooks Orpik, Tom Wilson, Nicklas Bäckström, Travis Boyd, John Carlson, Nic Dowd, Lars Eller, Radko Gudas, Carl Hagelin, Garnet Hathaway, Braden Holtby, Nick Jensen, Michal Kempný, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brendan Leipsic, Dmitry Orlov, T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Richard Panik, Ilya Samsonov, Jonas Siegenthaler and Jakub Vrána. Coach Reirden and NBC Sports Washington commentators Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin also participated in event, making the day more exciting for wish kids and fans alike.