On Friday November 9, the Washington Capitals will host their annual #CapsFightCancer night and feature a special guest to drop the puck before the game. Linda Laughlin, the wife of the Capitals color commentator Craig Laughlin for NBC Sports Washington, will participate in the ceremonial puck drop. Before Craig joins his parner in crime Joe Beninati in the broadcast booth to call the contest between the Capitals and Florida Panthers, he will escort Mrs. Laughlin onto the ice for the ceremony.
The family revealed that Linda is going through treatement for uterine serous carcinoma which is a form of endometrial cancer. #CapsFightCancer night is part of an NHL tradition every November where all 31 teams are part of Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month.
Here is some more info from the Caps:
The Washington Capitals are teaming up with the National Hockey League and FORTUNE 500® science and technology company Leidos in November to educate the hockey community about cancer through Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month. Hockey Fights Cancer is a league-wide initiative founded by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association and is dedicated to raising awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research.
The Capitals will host Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night supported by Leidos during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday Nov. 9, as well as throughout the month. Highlights include:
Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night In-Game Activities
The Capitals Nov. 9 Hockey Fights Cancer Night will feature a ceremonial puck drop, video tributes and other Hockey Fights Cancer related themes throughout the evening.
Linda Laughlin, wife of NBC Sports Washington analyst and Capitals alumnus Craig Laughlin, will participate in a ceremonial puck drop, escorted to the ice by Craig. Linda is currently undergoing treatment for uterine serous carcinoma, a form of endometrial cancer.
Fans will be asked to show their support for those fighting cancer by holding up “I Fight For” signs during a designated timeout, as well as by sharing their stories on social media platforms by using the #CapsFightCancer hashtag. Fans can also download the signs at WashingtonCaps.com/CapsFightCancer.
Players will wear lavender warmup jerseys and helmets adorned with a Hockey Fights Cancer decal, while coaches and broadcast personalities will wear Hockey Fights Cancer ties and pins. Select players will use sticks wrapped in lavender tape during warmups. Lavender is the official color of the Hockey Fights Cancer campaign, as it represents all forms of cancer.
In addition, the pregame on-ice projection will feature lavender in honor of Hockey Fights Cancer.
MSE Foundation Auction
Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation is hosting an auction featuring signed lavender jerseys worn during warmups on Nov. 9; autographed, used hockey sticks with lavender tape; and signed, limited-edition Hockey Fights Cancer pucks.
All proceeds from the auction will benefit Flashes of Hope, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Fans interested in bidding will need to download the Handbid app on their iPhone and Android devices or online by clicking here.
Bidding begins on Thursday, Nov. 1 and will conclude during the second intermission of the Capitals game on Friday, Nov. 9.
In addition, fans can visit WashingtonCaps.com/CapsFightCancer to make a donation to the cause throughout the month.
Hockey Fights Cancer Skate
The Capitals will host a Hockey Fights Cancer skate with Flashes of Hope, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Saturday, Nov. 10.
Additional information will be released at a later date.
Hockey Fights Cancer Ticket Donation
A $10 donation per ticket purchased for the Nov. 5 and Nov. 9 Capitals games at www.msesales.com/caps/hfc using the promo code HFC will be made to the Capitals’ Hockey Fights Cancer beneficiaries. Fans who purchase tickets using the promo code also will receive a complimentary Caps T-shirt courtesy of CustomInk, available for pickup at the game.
Hockey Fights Cancer Merchandise
Hockey Fights Cancer merchandise will be available for purchase beginning in November at the Team Stores at Capital One Arena.
For more information on Hockey Fights Cancer, visit WashingtonCaps.com/CapsFightCancer.
About Hockey Fights Cancer
Hockey Fights Cancer is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association to raise money and awareness for hockey’s most important fight. To date, through the NHL’s U.S. and Canadian charitable foundations, more than $16 million has been raised under the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative to support national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations. The Hockey Fights Cancer program is also 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.
The Hockey Fights Cancer program 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.
Leidos is a Fortune 500® science and technology solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.
About Flashes of Hope
Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research and changes the way children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography. The goal of Flashes of Hope is to photograph every child until every child is cured. MSE Foundation and the Capitals established the D.C. chapter of Flashes of Hope and also support the Northern Virginia chapter.
About the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. We are the voice for all blood cancer patients and we work to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients. For more information visit http://www.lls.org/.
About Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic®
Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic serves children who reside in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Founded in 1983, the organization has granted more than 9,700 wishes in the Mid-Atlantic region since its inception. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope. This year alone, 840 local children are expected to be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. However, for every wish granted, at least one more local child is waiting. The community has the opportunity to make an impact today by helping Make-A-Wish to reach hundreds of kids whose wishes would go otherwise go unanswered this year. For more information, please visit: www.midatlantic.wish.org.
About Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization is leading the way to increase survival for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through a bold initiative – The Vision of Progress: Double Pancreatic Cancer Survival by 2020. To continue to accelerate progress, a goal to raise $200 million by 2020 is also in place. For more information visit https://www.pancan.org/.