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Photo: MSE Foundation

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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Photo: Allison Stancil

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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The Brouwers with all three Brouwer Rangers. (Photo: Sheena D.)

9/8 Update: With post-event bake sale money and online donations included, the total raised actually comes to $2,800!

Thanks to everyone who braved the wicked traffic to come out to PARTYZORD: The Brouwer Rangers/RMNB ‘Legends of Ice Dancing’ Tour de Pouwer (to Support Fort Dupont Ice Arena)™ on Saturday morning. In just two short hours, we raised more than $2,100 for Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena! Can you believe it?!

That includes money contributed through the raffle, bake sale and silent auction, and surpasses the total donation we made along with the Brouwers last year! Even better is that the real total is probably even higher than that, thanks to folks who couldn’t make it out to the party but still donated online. (If you’d like to do that now, head over to FDIA’s donation page.)

We think Emily put it best:

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Fort Dupont Ice Arena Needs (And Deserves) Your Help

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Skaters on the ice at Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Photo: Friends of FDIA

This Saturday, Sept. 6, RMNB and the Brouwer Rangers are hosting #PARTYZORD: The Brouwer Rangers / RMNB ‘Legends of Ice Dancing’ Tour de Pouwer (to support Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena)™.

Between the special guests (ahem, Troy and Carmen Brouwer, anthem singer Bob McDonald, etc.), the raffle prizes and sundry shenanigans (e.g. Ian fulfilling his Ice Bucket Challenge), it’s going to be a lot of fun. But it’s also going to raise money for a really worthy cause. We wanted to take just a minute to tell you more about it.

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This is just some of the stuff we’re raffling off at #PARTYZORD!

#PARTYZORD: The Brouwer Rangers / RMNB ‘Legends of Ice Dancing’ Tour de Pouwer (to support Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena)™ is just 2 days away! In the extremely unlikely event you need more reason to come than just hanging out with us (and Troy and Carmen Brouwer, and Bob McDonald) and ice skating, we wanted to give you a sneak peek at what you could be taking home from the rink.

We’ve had a great response from local businesses that wanted to join us in supporting Fort Dupont Ice Arena by donating gift cards and other goodies to the raffle. Here’s what we’ll be raffling off (as pictured above):

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Ovechkin and Alexei Yashin share a laugh before the game. (Photo: R-Sport)

On Saturday, Alex Ovechkin traveled 45 miles from his Moscow home to participate in the fifth iteration of Ilya Kovalchuk’s charity hockey game held in neighboring Chekhov, home of KHL Vityaz. The proceeds of the game, which translates to “From Pure Heart,” raised $16 million rubles (or slightly under $500k dollars) for various orphanages.

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Just a few days from now, on August 2nd, The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD will once again host the “Leap Towards a Cure” Charity Hockey Tournament & Community Festival starting at 10 am. Proceeds from the Tournament will benefit the Andrea Henderson Memorial Fund.

The fund is named after Andrea “Froggy” Henderson, a long-time art teacher at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD, who passed away from complications from breast cancer in October 2009. From 1998 through 2008 Froggy served as faculty sponsor, friend, and advocate for the ERHS Ice Raiders, providing a guiding hand for the team through its inception, recognition by the school as a varsity sport, and ongoing growth. 

The Andrew Henderson Memorial Fund was organized by ERHS Ice Raiders alumni shortly after Froggy’s memorial service. For the last five years, they’ve hosted a hockey tournament to raise funds. Accoridng to the charity’s website, to date, they have donated nearly $65,000 to the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.

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