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.
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.
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:
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!!!)))))) )
Earlier in the year, the NHLPA did a feature on Alex Ovechkin and asked his teammates about him.
“The one thing I would love the hockey world to know about Alex is that he has the worst style ever,” Troy Brouwer said lovingly of his captain then.
This quote is particularly relevant now. Ovechkin participated in a charity basketball game in Russia on Saturday. And well– there’s no nice way to say this– he wore the ugliest shoes ever.
Just two months after a serious sledding injury, six-year-old Bensten Schone is back at home recovering with his family. Since the end of January, the entire Washington Capital community has rallied around B-man and watched his odds-defying comeback.
Alex Ovechkin had selfishly gone three days without doing something nice, so he had to indulge himself on Sunday. His most recent act of kindness: surprising Caps fan Jeff Jones with a new signed jersey after losing his house in a fire.
During Wednesday’s practice, the Capitals welcomed a fourth Russian onto the ice. Four-year-old Maxim Goloschapov was flown from Moscow to Kettler Capitals Iceplex because he won a promotional campaign held by Bauer Russia.
A few months ago, Bauer asked their followers to “show us your hardest shot by putting it on Instagram with the hashtag #MX3Russia. The winner gets to go to Washington to meet Alex Ovechkin.” Teeny tiny Maxim won with these two videos.
Alex Ovechkin is a top candidate for the Hart Trophy again this season. And if the national media has been paying any attention at all, Ovechkin will also be a finalist for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy at the end of the year too.
Ovechkin’s contributions to the community include giving away a car, fulfilling the wish of an 8-year-old with diabetes, going out on a sushi date with a 10-year-old with Down Syndrome, giving away countless sticks and pucks, and secretly supporting a bunch of Russian orphanages.
On Tuesday, the Capitals announced on Facebook that Ovechkin was fulfilling another young fan’s wish: Reagan Everett got a signed stick from the Russian Machine after Tuesday’s practice. According to the team he will “help cheer on the Caps during [the Rangers game Wednesday] night!”
Photo: Pavel Lysenkov
Apparently giving away a car, fulfilling the wish of an 8-year-old with diabetes, going out on a sushi date with a 10-year-old with Down’s Syndrome, giving away countless sticks and pucks, and secretly supporting a bunch of Russian orphanages is not enough.
According to a press release from the Moscow Region’s ministry of physical culture, sports, and youth programs, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has donated 70 bags of hockey equipment to the Sergiev Posad boarding school, an orphanage operated by the Russian Orthodox Church.
Per Championat.com and a Fedor Fedin translation:
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