Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin on Sunday made his first public appearance since reports surfaced he got married to fiancee Nastya Shubskaya over the weekend. Ovechkin played in Slava Kozlov’s farewell hockey game in Voskresensk near Moscow. Kozlov won two Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings (1997, 1998) and two Gagarin Cups (2011, 2012).
The tournament is operated by the Andrea Henderson Memorial Fund, a volunteer-only 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. Every penny of the proceeds from the tournament will support cancer research at the Kimmel Center. Since the tourney’s beginnings, Leap Towards A Cure has raised over $100,000 and counting for the Kimmel Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.]
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!”
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 email@example.com. In your message include the following:
Please make it fun and mark your messages fit to print. We’ll publish some entries right here. Thanks!
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.
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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