As Washington Capitals goalie, Braden Holtby knows how to lend a helping hand. And that's exactly what he and wife Brandi are doing during the paused NHL season during the coronavirus pandemic.
The couple has personally donated $25,000 to the Capital Area Food Bank and have started a fundraiser on mightycause.com to help get another $10,000 over the next month.
Capital Area Food Bank works with over 450 other non-profit organizations in the region to provide over 30 million meals each year to those in need.
The couple aren't the only ones from the League getting involved.
The Montreal Canadiens donated their entire March allotment of food, sending more than 13,000 pounds of food that was not being used at Bell Centre to Montreal-area food banks.
General manager Marc Bergevin even assisted in moving the food to the trucks for shipping.
The team partnered with Moisson Montreal, a nonprofit Quebec-based food bank, and are soliciting food and financial donations to help feed people in need during the pandemic.
The Ilitch Companies have partnered with Forgotten Harvest of the metro Detroit area to donate over 6,500 pounds of food from Little Caesars Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings and 23 pallets of food, 6,000 sanitizing wipes and 6,000 vinyl sanitary gloves from MotorCity Casino Hotel.
The home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Amalie Arena, is sending 18 pallets of food and beverage to Metropolitan Ministries and Feeding Tampa Bay.
The Carolina Hurricanes food service, VAB Catering, is sending food to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, a Raleigh-based non-profit organization.
This is the latest in a growing trend that sawthe Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins make large food donations earlier this week.
-NHL.com Staff Writer Pat Pickens contributed to this report.