Craig Laughlin’s Wife to Partake in Ceremonial Puck Drop for Caps Fight Cancer Night Nov. 9

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.  Continue reading “Craig Laughlin’s Wife to Partake in Ceremonial Puck Drop for Caps Fight Cancer Night Nov. 9”

Hockey Fights Cancer Night- An FiCP Gallery

We’re keeping it pretty basic tonight with a short post from the Hockey Fights Cancer pre-game skate! So here you go, more to come later… SO many more!

Enjoy!

Photos By: Brittney Marcum

Washington Caps Lifting Spirts at MedStar Georgetown & Ellie’s Hats Helps Out

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That’s our Captain, putting a big smile on Ryan’s face and making his wish come true!!
Following practice on Monday morning the Washington Capitals players and a few of the staff boarded a bus for Medstar Georgetown University Hospital to brighten the day for some special children  and families. This year Ellie’s Hats was one of the charity groups invited to join the Caps for this annual tradition that brings big smiles to children who might otherwise have the brightest of holidays.

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Orlov and Eller with their own crazy hats!!
Ellie’s Hats provided hats for the players to give out to the children, including some Caps hats donated by Leidos as part of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer Campaign. In addition, Ellie’s Hats brought some fun character hats for the children too.
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As Jay Coakley, founder of Ellie’s Hats, found today, this visit has far-reaching impact on the lives of the children, the MedStar staff, and the players themselves. One young man had returned to the unit because this day means so much to him. His wish for today was to meet Alex Ovechkin and in that moment his troubles were lifted and his smile told the sheer joy he was experiencing. One young girl came to get a Capitals hat to send to her grandfather–thinking of someone other than herself in that moment.
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And lets not forget the players themselves. Most of these men are fathers of young children themselves. Many of them are actively involved in organizations that provide assistance to children. But as fathers this visit weighed heavily on their hearts as well. There is little doubt that they will be holding their little ones closer tonight.
That said, the players thoroughly enjoyed visiting the children and the children were excited to have them visiting too! They stopped by the ICU to see some courageous children who are fighting for their lives and they sat at tiny tables and made arts and crafts with those patients who were able to join them.
Of all things the Washington Capitals organization do in our community, there is nothing more special then this tradition. Ellie’s Hats felt honored to be a part of this amazing outpouring of love from this group of men. Today, Jay heard some heartbreaking stories from the families as they struggle emotionally and financially in the battle for their children.

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Please consider donating to Ellie’s Hats here. They do so much more than give out hats and your donation could make a huge difference in the lives of these families.

Check out the Washington Capitals for more great shots of the boys and Slapshot!
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Washington Capitals and Ellie’s Hats Partnering for Children at MedStar Georgetown

This week Jay Coakley, founder of Ellie’s Hats, presented Medstar Georgetown University Hospital with $2,000 worth of Visa Gift Cards which the staff will distribute to families in need. This generous donation was possible because of gift from the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer campaign. Many Caps fans contributed to this campaign through the Caps’ fund raising activities in November.

This coming Monday, December 19th, Ellie’s Hats and Caps’ players will distribute hats and other surprises to children receiving care at MedStar Hospital. These hats were donated by Caps fans during the Hockey Fights Cancer campaign at Verizon Center. The Holiday Party for pediatric patients (including children fighting cancer) is part of the Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation annual outreach to children during the holidays. Jay will be there with the players as they visit with the children and he will be sharing more about the whole experience (and photos) with us later in the day.

Supporting Ellie’s Hats

We are excited to announce an addition to our Community Support Page Ellie’s Hats.  

Some of you may know about Ellie’s Hats from the Caps’ wives and girlfriends. We had a chance to meet founder Jay Coakley during Hockey Fights Cancer and we would like to encourage you to support this wonderful movement. Ellie’s Hats is a nonprofit organization that donates hats to children battling cancer, supports their families and raises awareness of childhood cancer. 

Ellie’s Hats was started after Ellie’s PE teacher, Jay decided to get her some hats for Christmas which led him to start Ellie’s Hats in 2014 they have sent hats to 100’s of children across the country. Click here to read more and to provide hats or funding

These Boys Look Good in Lavender; A Photo Gallery

The jerseys that the Caps donned for warm-ups on Saturday’s Hockey Fights Cancer night were a little different from their usual reds. And we didn’t hate it.. Lavender is a good color for them.

First up? The Goaltenders:

And of course the defensemen :

The guys were awesome about interacting with the make a wish kids on the side.

And your favorite forwards:

And the pictures we know you all want, Tom Wilson.

 

Photos by Brittney Marcum

Caps, Kids, and Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night In Photos

The Washington Capitals organization and fans turned the Verizon Center from red to lavender Saturday night. In the days leading up to the game, the players and their families pulled together to offer support and friendship to the children and families who are or have struggled with cancer.

We understand that it didn’t end with the game as the kids were all invited back to the locker room post game, at the request of the players. Continue reading “Caps, Kids, and Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night In Photos”

Washington Capitals Weekly: 31 October to 6 November 2016

The Caps have one more game in Canada (Jets) on Tuesday and they return to a re-match with the Jets on home ice on Thursday.   Check the times below for game and practice times.

Game Schedule

Tuesday, 1 November at the Winnipeg Jets, 8:00 pm on CSN-DC

Thursday, 3 November, the Winnipeg Jets at Verizon Center,  7 pm on CSN-DC

Saturday, 5 November, the Florida Panthers at Verizon Centers, 7 pm on CSN-DC

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Practice/Morning Skate (Schedule subject to change)

Monday the Caps have a day off.

Tuesday Morning Skate at MTS Centre in Winnipeg (Closed)

Wednesday is another day off as they settle in back home.

Thursday Morning Skate at Caps Kettler Iceplex, 10:30 am

Friday Practice likely at Caps Kettler Iceplex, 11:30 am

Saturday Morning Skate at Caps Kettler Iceplex, 10:30 am

Sunday, we are betting they have the day off as has become the tradition.

Special Events

The players will don lavender sweaters for Hockey Fights Cancer during warm ups on 5 November. The shirts will bear the names of those people to whom the Caps dedicate the game. The jerseys, and other signed items, are part of the ongoing auction, which closes after the second period intermission. Click here to see how you can bid on these items. (Current top item is a jersey for $1,000 and lowest is a $50 signed puck)

Who to Watch

Zach Sanford – he has his first NHL point and keeps coming close to a goal. Could this be the week?

Marcus Johansson – Everyone is buzzing about his two two-goal games. Is there a hat trick coming?

Caps Hockey Fights Cancer Auction is Back

The Washington Capitals announced that the bidding is open for signed Caps memorabilia. Bidding starts as low as $50 for pucks and $250 for signed jerseys.

Each year the players don lavender jerseys during warm-ups with the names of special people in their lives that have have battled or are battling all forms of cancer.

This year Handbid will host the auction from October 24 to the second intermission on November 5th. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Flashes of Hope, Hope for Henry, Make-A-Wish ® Mid-Atlantic and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, according to the Capitals. dsc_0291

The Caps provided the following additional information:

The auction will take place at the MSE Foundation table located on the main concourse at section 104 of Verizon Center during the game. Fans interested in bidding will need to download the Handbid app on their iPhone and Android devices and should ensure their phones or tablets are well charged for the game. Fans without smart phones may bid on iPads supplied by the Capitals at the MSE Foundation table while the auction is open. Fans not attending the game may bid using the Handbid app or online at http://www.washcaps.com/hfc-auction. Bidding began at noon on Oct. 24 and will conclude when the second intermission ends on November 5th. New items will be added leading up to the auction.