Photo: Peterborough Examiner

For most Capitals fans, the end of April was a joyous time. The Caps had just beaten the Philadelphia Flyers in six games and looked poised to do the same to the Pittsburgh Penguins in round two.

Lost in the shuffle of the Caps playoff run however, was the news of a deeply difficult time for one of the organization’s most prolific playoff performers: John Druce. Druce’s daughter Courtney died on April 27 in hospice care, eight days shy of her 28th birthday, after her fifth bout with cancer. First diagnosed in 2004 at the age of 15, Courtney courageously fought the disease for 12 years.

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Each year the Kraft Hockeyville competition picks one small ice rink to host an NHL preseason game and get $150,000 in upgrades. This year, the Rockville Ice Arena in Maryland is one of ten finalists for the big prize.

Rockville Ice Arena is the home of the USA Warriors.

Together we’re gonna win it for them and get important upgrades for veterans and youth hockey. Let’s do it.

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This weekend, long-time friend of the blog Eric Rigsby will be helping out with a two-day hockey tournament to benefit Frederick County’s Kline Hospice House. There’ll be good hockey to watch (I’ve watched these guys play; they’re semi-amazing) and a huge raffle with a lot of prizes.

I’ll let Eric explain.

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Featured Mo: Gianpaolo of Arlington, Virginia


Gianpaolo deVito of Arlington is growing a mustache for Movember. Gianpaolo writes:

Hey guys! First, I just want to say thanks for giving me the opportunity to even try to promote my Movember run on your page. I promise it will be fantastically pathetic! (the hair growth, not the fundraising hopefully!)

My name is Gianpaolo, was a Caps STH for a few years (this year I’m getting married and had to give em up….) and I read the blog at least twice a day…. I promise I stay busy at work but we all need breaks right?

I’m doing this for a couple of reasons, the first is there can never be enough cancer research and as far as I’m concerned, Movember is one of the few organizations that actually uses the funds they raise to do good work.

Secondly, my team, the Mo Faux’s, has been one of the highest contributing teams in Movember history. A little backstory, a colleague of mine is a prostate cancer survivor. Most of the guys on the team have worked along side or with him at one point in time and it’s become a major cause for all of us.

Hope to get on the website! [Ed note: Boom. Done.]

Please consider supporting Gianpaolo’s Movember campaign.

Learn how to get your own Movember campaign featured on RMNB. 

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Featured Mo: Nick of Frederick, Maryland

Mo Stache

Nick Frye of Frederick, Maryland, is growing a mustache for Movember. Nick writes:

To you good people of RMNB I submit a mustache limerick:

There once was a ‪mustache named Mo.
He followed wherever I’d go.
He tickled and played, through ‪‎Movember‬ he stayed,
“Aw, can we keep him wife?” Her reply “Hell no!”

Please consider supporting Nick’s Movember campaign.

Learn how to get your own Movember campaign featured on RMNB. 

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Let RMNB Boost Your Movember Campaign


Through a cruel genetic prank, few of us at RMNB can grow mustaches, but we still want to get involved in Movember, the month-long campaign to raise money and awareness for select men’s health issues. So instead of embarrassing ourselves with pathetic facial hair, we’d like to feature some RMNB readers/Movember participants right here on the site.

We need your help. If you’re participating in Movember, send us a message at In your message include the following:

  1. Your name, age, and location
  2. A photo or two
  3. A link to your Mo Space or other fundraising page
  4. 300 words or fewer on your ‘stache and why folks should support you

Please make it fun and mark your messages fit to print. We’ll publish some entries right here. Thanks!

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Why You Should Support #HockeyFansForVets


RMNB readers, I’d like to ask for your help in supporting military veterans this year. As someone who has many former servicemen in her life, this is an important cause to me and my family.

My father, like his father before him, served in the U.S. Navy. We moved 12 times in 20 years and though I was only around for nine years and six moves, I still understand the sacrifices made to support this great country and our freedom. It is estimated that there are more than 50,000 veterans, just like my father and grandfather, that are homeless, and even more are patients at VA Medical Centers without the support of family.

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Caps Media vs USA Warriors This Sunday at KCI


If you can’t wait until October to get your hockey fix, this weekend could scratch your itch and help out a great cause in the process. Sunday afternoon at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, members of the Caps mediasphere will face off against the legendary USA Warriors team.

Wes Johnson will announce the lineups. Bob McDonald will sing the anthem. Courtney Laughlin will play. There will be tons and tons of cool signed Caps gear you can bid on (like a signed Backstrom stick and a signed Holtby puck) — and best of all, all the proceeds will go to the USA Warriors.

You’re already sold, right? Good. Go to the Facebook page right now and RSVP. Go. I’ll wait.

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On Friday, Caps Captain Alex Ovechkin participated in Ilya Kovalchuk’s charity hockey Game From Pure Heart . This year, the game was held at the Palace of Sports in Kazan and raised 8-million rubles (almost 125,000 USD) for local orphanages .

Team Morozov beat Team Kovalchuk (Ovechkin’s team) 11 to 9. The retiring Alexei Morozov scored three goals in his farewell game. Kovy scored four.

Morozov’s team consisted mostly of his ex-comrades from Ak Bars: Danis Zaripov, Sergei Zinoviev, Alexei Emelin, Vitali Proshkin, and Alexei Tereshchenko. The senior executive of Tatarstan/acting head of the republic, Rustam Minnikhanov, and the mayor of Kazan, Ilsur Metshin, also participated. Kovalchuk’s team featured Ovechkin, Alexander Radulov, Sergei Mozyakin, plus Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich and KHL chairman Gennady Timchenko.

There were some good moments in the game, such as when Ovechkin played against actual children.

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On Saturday August 1st, the Leap Towards a Cure Hockey Tournament and Community Festival returns to the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD. Games will be starting around 9 AM, with the Festival running from noon – 5 PM. 2015 marks the sixth annual year for Leap Towards A Cure, which raises money for cancer research, treatment, and education at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.

The tournament is operated by the Andrea Henderson Memorial Fund, a volunteer-only 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. Every cent of proceeds from the tournament will support cancer research at the Kimmel Center. Between 2010 and 2014 Leap Towards A Cure has raised almost $94,000 in donations for the Kimmel Center. 2015 will be the year we break the $100,000 mark for cumulative donations.

The fund and tournament is named in memory of Andrea “Froggy” Henderson, a former high school art teacher and varsity hockey team sponsor who lost her battle with breast cancer in April 2010, and whose death inspired the first Leap Towards A Cure tournament a few months later.

This year’s Leap Towards a Cure Tournament will consist of 43 games played over the 4-day tournament weekend, with over 30 volunteer referees and over two dozen volunteer scorekeepers and operations staff, and will feature 24 teams and upwards of 380 players competing in five divisions. The tournament includes two women’s divisions, the most they have had to date. Amazingly, 23 of our 24 teams this year are returning teams.

Because Froggy was an art teacher, LTAC always incorporates an arts-focused community festival on the Saturday of the tournament. This year, LTAC is proud to feature two hockey-based artists:

Rob Ullman, a freelance illustrator from Richmond, VA and the author of Old-Timey Hockey Tales  and yours truly, RMNB’s own Rachel L. Cohen!

I’ll be debuting some new merchandise at the event, including two new giclée prints: Holtbeast, and Cute Hockey, a couple of stickers, and a limited edition of the Capitals Sigil banner (it has a clear overprint star pattern… so sick!!!)))))) )

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