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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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It’s July, so you’re probably not getting your FDA-recommended 30 hours of hockey per week. That’s bad, but friend-of-the-blog Eric Rigsby has a way to get your recommended summertime hockey and help out a worthy cause.

This weekend at Skate Frederick, the 2014 Old Fat Bald Guys Hockey Tournament and Silent Auction will be held, and yes that’s the actual name. There will be a bunch of Caps and Bears memorabilia available, as well as ticket packages to pro and college games. And all the proceeds go to The Fisher House Foundation, a fantastic charity that provides housing and travel to military families while their loved ones get treatment.

Details are below. If you can’t attend, please help spread the word– especially if you or your friends are in the Frederick area.

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Photo: Jim McIsaac

Tom Poti‘s NHL career ended inauspiciously in March of last year. A persistent groin injury kept him off the ice for all of 2011-12 before an abbreviated, 16-game comeback in 2012-13 spelled the end of his time with the Washington Capitals. “I still have that hunger to play and I still have that desire,” Poti told the Washington Times that May, “and I definitely want to play as long as I can.”

While his future has not included more NHL action, Poti is still on the ice and still doing good. This time he’s suiting up to face off against the USA Warriors, the sled and standing hockey teams made of wounded and injured American servicemen and women. On April 9, Poti and a team of US Olympians will play against the Warriors at UMass Lowell. The charity game will pit some of the most accomplished and impressive athletes in the country — against former Olympians.

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Blood and hockey are a natural pair, and we need more of both right now. The Charity Hockey Classic, to be held at 7pm this Saturday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, is gonna solve both those problems at once. The event is a round-robin tournament for charity (I expect the Caps alum/front-office team to sweep) with special appearances by Elliot in the Morning’s Elliot Segal, Slapshot, the Red Rockers, and those dang mites on ice.

There will also be a silent auction. Admission is 10 bucks at the door; kids are free.

Please help Inova refurbish the bloodmobile and save some lives. And, because it’s hockey, you can watch Cap alum Paul Mulvey (43 career fights) endanger some lives as well.

More info after the jump and at charityhockeyclassic.com.

UPDATE: Your boy Wes Johnson, Capitals in-arena announcer, will be there too. Now it’s a party.

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You Need to Buy This Caps-Signed PRS Guitar for Charity

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Paul Reed Smith guitars are known as some of the best-made guitars in the world. The action is light, the neck is fast, and the sustain is infinite. All kinds of guitarists from metalheads and jam bands play ‘em. The Dave Navarro Signature (he of Jane’s Addiction fame) runs about 650 dollars, so it’s absolutely baffling to me that the charity auction for the signed Caps-themed guitar above is currently just over 700 bucks. It’s signed by the 2012-13 Washington Capitals, including one Alex Ovechkin (Cam Schilling too, but don’t let that count against it).

Listen. You need to buy this guitar.

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The Washington Capitals honor a lot of charities, something many teams do. Playing in the city that houses the countries government, though, creates a special bond with the military. The team skates with families of the fallen, recognizes injured soldiers during games, and raises money for military charities.

On Thursday, the Caps did even more, holding their 10th annual Military Appreciation Night. The Caps wore desert camouflage jerseys during warmups (auctioned off during the game), and hosted the Navy Mites on Ice team and the USA Warriors hockey team during the intermissions. A number of tickets were also given away to soldiers and veterans.

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Washington wore Courage Caps hats during warmups to support the cause. (Photo credit: @KCity65)

Sports teams may feel like glorified corporations these days. There still, however, is something more to them: the fans, the community, and the good the teams can do through charitable work. On Sunday, the Washington Capitals launched their annual Courage Caps program, which raised over $100,000 for TAPS, a military charity, last year.

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The past decade has seen the United States involved in two wars — one in Iraq, one in Afghanistan. We’re all aware of them, we’ve seen the headlines. But for most Americans, the country’s battles are an abstraction. It’s something on the news, not part of the stories of other human beings.

Some Americans, though, can’t remove themselves from them — the wars have taken members of their family. Husbands, wives, children, brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers: the all have loved ones who will never come home. This has unfolded thousands of times throughout the past 12 years.

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