This makes an excellent creepy wallpaper. Click to enlarge. (Photos by Patrick McDermott)

In 2008, the Washington Capitals launched Courage Caps, a program to benefit military charities through the sale of team-branded hats and shirts. This year the program will fund TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, which provides support for families of killed American solders.

This year’s Courage Caps promotion will formally launch on February 4, when the team will put the merchandise on sale online as well at Verizon Center and Kettler. The day before, Jack Hillen will skate with some families the program has helped.

On Wednesday, the Caps sent us some photos of the new gear. Now in its seventh year, Courage Caps is starting to run out of military themes, but I think winter digi-camo look is a good one.

The chosen models, however, is where we’ll have our fun. Everything starts off well with John Carlson, the team’s resident US Olympian. Next in the gallery are Karl Alzner and Nicklas Backstrom, two of Washington’s most docile heartthrobs and noted not-Americans. I would gone with maybe an angry Casey Wellman, a Californian, draped only in an American flag. Or maybe Connor Carrick, feeding a Nathan’s hot dog to a bald eagle. Either way, it’s all for a good cause.

Here are the images of this year’s edition:

  • Chris Cerullo

    John Carlson is basically the most American man in America

  • JenniferH

    Oh, Backsie.

  • Diller M

    I get Nickey’s problem looking tough, he’s Swedish, but what is Karl’s problem? He can grow more facial hair than we can, he’s a freakin hockey player for gods sake, and a stay at home d-man at that, he blocks more shots then he takes, and he has a cool tough name, but between the celebrations, dogs and the constant smiling he just doesn’t have a knack for the tough guy persona. Oh well, he’s still one of my favs.

  • nicoley-poley

    I saw this, shook my head, and thought to myself, “This is why we need Hendy around.” And then I had a sad.

  • Justine H

    Is Nicky’s hair ever dry? He even got water spots all over the back of that shirt, hah.

  • rapmadrob

    Alzner with that perfect forced awkward smile that no one can replicate.

  • jennrubenstein

    nicky’s pensive back is now my phone wallpaper.

  • Jonah


  • Pic or it didn’t happen!

  • sheena dunn

    Alzner’s hand are very pale…anyone else notice that??

  • isellbrakepads

    Side note… it’s less “winter digi” and more “typical Navy camo” colors. Just throwing that out there 🙂

  • jennrubenstein

    better late than… whatevs

  • Casey Nepivoda

    So only for Solders’ families, and they’re using Navy camo? How rude.

  • I think TAPS is for all servicemen. (and women)