Welcome to our first official gallery post! We have so many wonderful photos that are going to waste so we thought you might enjoy the opportunity to see them!
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Photos by: Brittney Marcum and Mel Abernethy
Without further ado:
The boys wore special camo jersey’s for warm-ups to support USO Metro and Defending the Blue Line
The Washington Capitals hosted the 14th annual Salute to the Military and left your FiCP members feeling proud of where we live and the attention the Caps organization pays to our servicemen and women. Many fans were decked out in camo gear or wearing Caps Courage apparel in support of the members of the military who serve our nation.
The event began before the doors even opened with an on-line auction for camo jerseys, helmets, and other items that brought $46,125 for USO-Metro and Defending the Blue Line. Additionally, proceeds from the purchase of Courage Caps and t-shirts will help fund Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) activities in the future.
When the players took to the ice for warmups they were sporting the camo jerseys that were auctioned off during the game by Handbid, on behalf of the Caps organization. Before the night was over Braden Holtby’s jersey brought $1,450 and his helmet fetched the highest bid of the night at $5,350. Grubauer’s helmet came in next at $3,450 while Ovi’s jersery raised $1,900.
When the Caps re-entered the ice the Navy Youth Hockey created a flag tunnel for them. The Caps and Islanders lined up as the Military District of Washington’s U.S. Army Band Quartet, featuring M. Sgt. Caleb Green (Ret.), performed the national anthem. The US Army Honor Guard presented the flags. Most notable about the beginning of the game was a ceremonial puck drop by LCPL Josh Misiewicz, U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.
According to USA Hockey, Misiewicz is a double above-knee amputee who was injured by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Afghanistan. He served with 1st Battalion 5th Marines and has skated with the sled team since 2011. Thank you sir, for your sacrifice.
USA WarriorsIce Hockey’s mission is to “organize and administer an ice hockey program that provides a recreational, therapeutic experience and education.”
Throughout the evening the Capitals paid tribute to service members, highlighting their careers and families. Each branch of the military was represented during the night. During the second intermission the USA Warriors hockey team (Adam Devine, Rob Easley, Ralph DeQuebec, Kevin Gatson, and Josh Misiewicz) presented a skills exhibition to give fans an idea of how they play the game and how hockey can be such a positive element of the healing process. TAPS also presented a video that documented the long-standing relationship they have with the Caps and profiled the importance this organization has in the lives of families. We were excited to see old friends Courtney and Brooke Nyren who not only were helped by TAPS, but many years later are still active in the organization—giving their time to help other families heal.
Joining the 500 and more servicemen, servicewomen, and their families, was General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. Milley played hockey as a young boy and eventually was part of the Princeton Tigers from 1977 to 1979. In his interview with Jill Sorenson he said he appreciates the expression of thanks, especially from the greater American public. He joked that he had planned to be drafted into the NHL but ended up drafted in the military instead.Although he is a Bruins fan, he likes the Capitals—his son is an even bigger fan. Thank you General Milley for being a part of this special night.
The night ended with a hard-fought win by the Caps over the Islanders. It was a pleasure to be part of the audience that honored some many brave men and women. It doesn’t need to end there though—remember we can still support these great organizations and we can still personally thank the men and women in uniform. Click the links above to find out more about these fine organizations.
The Washington Capitals will host Salute to the Military Night on Thursday, February 4th. The night will honor some 500 servicemen and servicewomen who will represent those who have proudly served their country . This is the 14th year the Caps have joined the NHL in this very special tribute.
During warmups, Caps players will wear camouflage jerseys that the Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation are auctioning off between 1 February and the second intermission of the Caps-Islanders game. Proceeds from the auction, which includes many other great items, will go to USO-Metro and Defending the Blue Line. Click on the link below to donate directly to the participating organizations or click HERE to participate in the auction.
USO-Metro helps members of the military and their families cope with the “stresses and commitments that go with their service to our country.” Their efforts include bringing hope to our wounded service members. They are there with families who suffer a loss as a result of one’s service, standing with them in their sorrow.
Defending the Blue Line is dedicated to: “ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey.” It was established in 2009 and your giving helps support the children of the military members in the US and Canada play hockey through the purchase of “hockey equipment, game tickets, cash grants, and summer camps.”
From the Washington Capitals, here is how the night will unfold:
Lance Corporal Josh Misiewicz of the U.S. Marines will participate in a pre-game ceremonial face-off with John Tavares of the New York Islanders and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. Lance Corporal Misiewicz is a member of the USA Warriors sled hockey team and the USA National sled hockey team.
Military District of Washington’s U.S. Army Band Quartet, featuring M. Sgt. Caleb Green (Ret.), will perform the national anthem, while the U.S. Army Honor Guard will present the flags. The Capitals youth hockey flag tunnel and mites on ice will be comprised of players from Navy Youth Hockey.
The second intermission will feature the USA Warriors hockey team in a skills exhibition. During the game the Capitals also will play a tribute video and honor a service member from each branch of the military.
In addition, Courage Caps and T-shirts will be sold starting at $20 at the MSE Foundation table at section 104 on Thursday and at the Team Store and stands throughout Verizon Center. This season Courage Caps are sponsored by Telos Corporation, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.
Be sure to take time to shake the hand of the servicemen and women in attendance. And if you haven’t already, pick up a t-shirt or Courage Cap and sing loud and proud with M. Sgt Caleb Green(Ret)!!
Check back with us Thursday night for photos from around the Verizon Center.