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Ovechkin’s parents Mikhail and Tatyana pose with the orphans (Photo: Pavel Lysenkov/Sovetsky Sport)

Caps captain Alex Ovechkin has never shied away from charitable work. From participating in the Caps’ Make-A-Wish efforts to playing in charity preseason games annually in Russia, Ovi never misses an opportunity to help those less fortunate. Plus, we can’t forget his date with Ann earlier this season. But some of his secretive charity efforts behind the scenes are just now becoming public.

Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport has revealed that Alex Ovechkin has quietly been supporting as many as seven orphanages in different regions of Russia.

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Recently, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Bobby Hicks returned home to Virginia. After fighting in two major wars, life was supposed to be easy for Hicks and his family of Caps fans. Instead, he was diagnosed with Leukemia and faces an uncertain future. On top of that, his HVAC and water heater gave out (same thing happened to me last year and it’s the worst) just as winter began. The family reached out to the Michael & Son Cares Program.

And that’s where this sad story gets a get a little bit sunnier.

“When the Hick’s family’s story was brought to my attention, I knew we had to help,” said Basim Mansour, proud son and owner of Michael & Son Services. “Here’s a guy who gave so much for his country and asked so little in return; I not only wanted to help them with their home repairs, I wanted to do something really special for Bobby.”

Initially, Mansour wanted to bring Hicks and his family to a Capitals game for a special surprise. Instead, with Hicks unable to leave the hospital due to his intensive treatment, Mansour brought the Capitals to him.

Our team is just like that.

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When we heard a superhero foundation was holding a fundraiser in D.C. featuring Caps players Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer, and John Carlson, we put our best subject-matter expert on the case. Here’s a report from RMNB Senior Spandexed Superhero Correspondent Brouwer Ranger Nathan on “Heroes Rock the Red.”

Spirits seem to be rebounding among Caps fans following back-to-back victories against the Chicago Blackhawks and the Carolina Hurricanes this weekend. A handful of them came out to celebrate the nascent winning streak with Caps players and a bunch of superheroes while raising money for Foundation 4 Heroes (F4H).

Brouwer and Carlzner signed autographs, took photos with fans, and tended bar at City Tap House DC to raise money for the F4H, which takes a unique approach to supporting kids with life-threatening diseases. The non-profit sends superheroes like Captain America and Wonder Woman to visit kids and encourage them to find the superhero inside themselves.

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Photo: Patrick McDermott

Wednesday, the Washington Capitals hosted Hockey Fights Cancer night at Verizon Center. They had 11-year-old blood cancer survivor Ryan Darby participate in the ceremonial faceoff (which was adorable). They also wore purple-colored warm-up jerseys with lavender highlights, colors that represent all forms of cancer.

During the game, the Caps auctioned the signed jerseys off (which were signed with a purple sharpie) and Chris Gordon reports they raised over $55,000 for charity.

Chris took photos of the sweaters with his iPhone 6. Check them out. We even have an Aaron Volpatti jersey sighting!

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Just like the Vancouver Canucks did on Sunday, the Washington Capitals hosted their own Hockey Fights Cancer night at Verizon Center. The Capitals wore purple jerseys during warm-ups (photos) and 11-year-old blood cancer survivor Ryan Darby got to participate in the ceremonial faceoff with Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg and Caps captain Alex Ovechkin.

Darby, cute as a button, clapped wildly as Ovechkin made his way to the dot. Then he got a special surprise when they were done: a game-used stick from Alex Ovechkin.

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Last year, Washington Capitals players wore silly props for a Dog Calendar, which raised a bunch of money for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. The Caps organization is producing the calendar again this year, and the photoshoot is being held at the Potomac Regional Overlook Park in Arlington, Virginia.

Players scheduled to attend include Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Jay Beagle, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, Jack Hillen, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, Justin Peters, Aaron Volpatti, and Joel Ward. They will will be posing with their own dogs. Braden Holtby, Michael Latta, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson will be photographed with shelter dogs and puppies.

We’ll be updating this article all day with photos. It should be a blast.

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Win this autographed Mike Green jersey by making a small donation to the Fisher House.

Editor’s note: RMNB reader Katie Sieck needs your help for a real good cause that we’ve discussed here before. Everyone who donates $20 or more has a chance to win some cool Caps loot, so donate and help her out. Katie takes it from here.

In just a few weeks, I’ll be running through the streets of Arlington and DC during the 39th Marine Corps Marathon with 30,000 of my closest friends. I thought that the best way to celebrate running my first marathon would be to run as a member of a charity team that supported members of our military and their families. Many of my family members and friends have served our country in the military, and some continue to serve—it was an easy decision. I’m running “The People’s Marathon” with Team Fisher House and the Fisher House Foundation.

If you support me and this worthy cause, you could win an autographed Mike Green jersey, a 2011 Winter Classic baseball cap, and a 2011 Winter Classic knit hat.

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I spy a Deadguins shirt.

When someone follows RMNB on Twitter or Facebook, buys a shirt, or participates a bunch in any way, to me they are like a shareholder. If a shareholder ever needs something, you know I’m down to help.

Over the weekend, reader Sandra, a big RMNB supporter for a long time, asked if we could promote a fundraiser she is holding at the Ballston Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday. If you come in from 12 PM to 8 PM and eat, just mention the American Heart Association or show your server this ticket. Ten percent of your bill will be donated to the charity.

Below, Sandra explains why it’s important to participate.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin ended his summer in Russia with fireworks of the figurative kind. He injected himself into the debate about Ukraine, found his name bandied about (again) in KHL speculation, and co-starred in an “unusual and somewhat provocative” music video with a Russian pop star.

On Thursday, back in the loving confines of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Ovechkin looked as cool as a cucumber, talking with reporters about the upcoming NHL season (yaye!) and hosting a private skate with 60 children with developmental disabilities.

Of course the skate was cute but there was one particular moment that is mind-blowingly adorable.

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On Saturday, a bunch of you came out to Ft. Dupont Ice Arena, and helped raise more than $2,800 for charity in just two short hours. Because you guys were so frigging cool, I had to get even cooler at the end of the party.

With “help” from Troy Brouwer, the Brouwer Rangers, Connor Carrick, and Wes Johnson, I completed the Ice Bucket Challenge in front of 100 crazed lunatics at center ice. I’m told it was a balmy 25 degrees at ice level.

Check it out yourself below.

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