The Caps may have had trouble scoring lately, but on Saturday afternoon players were racking up scores by the hundreds. Then again, the game was bowling. Karl Alzner, Matt Bradley, Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr, Boyd Gordon, Matt Hendricks, DJ King, Mike Knuble, Jeff Schultz, David Steckel, Brooks Laich–plus their wives, girlfriends, and children–took part in “Bowling with the Caps” at Lucky Strike Lanes in downtown DC. The event was all for charity, raising over $60,000 for the Chris Walsh Cancer Survivorship Fund at Virginia Hospital Center.
It was a great time,” Hendricks said. “It’s a lot of fun to get out there and mingle with the fans for a good cause.”
Hendricks’ bowling caught the eye of Schultz who questioned whether his teammate might have had too much spare time growing up.
“Hendy looks pretty good. Must be the only thing they have to do in Minnesota is bowl,” said Schultz, who admitted that he isn’t nearly as good. “My bowling is brutal. I didn’t have too high expectations because I don’t bowl at all. Ever. But it’s fun, though.”
Another standout was David Steckel, who is known to be quite the Wii bowler.
Like Schultz, Alzner conceded that he should probably stick to hockey.
“I’d be having more fun if I was a good bowler,” he said, adding that the last time he bowled was back in British Columbia. “Just a few nights when we were bored, had nothing to do back home. Just throwing balls down the lane. Halfway through the game, I’d start throwing with my opposite hand just because I can’t bowl. Yeah, I’m not that good.”
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Jason Chimera with his son.
Chimera signs an autograph.
Boyd Gordon and Fehr sign a jersey.
Jeff Schultz, Gordon, Fehr and Chimera sign for the fans.
Matt Bradley signs a hat and appears to be showing no damage from Friday’s fight.
Matt Hendricks smiles for the camera.
Slapshot takes a shot at bowling.
Jeff Schultz bowls.
Chimera’s son bowls. Jason picked up an assist.
Matt Hendricks leisurely bowls.
Slapshot entertains Chimera and his son.
Not sure this is the best form for Karl Alzner.
Alzner signs a bowling pin for a fan.
Awwwwwwww: part two.
Alzner’s fiancée Mandy made some lovely cupcakes.
Hendricks gets into it.
Chimera’s son is awesome.
But his dad thinks he can do better.
The camera loves Alzner. Yes, that’s Miss Virginia in the background.
This little guy was awarded a Penguins hat for bowling the lowest score.
Mike Knuble auctions off a team signed Winter Classic jersey which ended up going for $1,300.
The Caps present a check for $25,000.