The March 23 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets was also Russian Heritage night at Verizon Center. During pregame warmups, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin debuted a special pair of custom-painted skates depicting the flags and landmarks of the United States and Russia. It was the first time in NHL history that a player has worn custom footwear, though Ovi was not allowed to wear the skates during the actual game. The skates were put up for auction during the game, and the bidding continued over the next two days until the end of the Capitals’ March 25th game against Arizona.
The final numbers have been counted, and Ovi’s skates raised a whopping $9,500 for the American Special Hockey Association. Way to go, Ovi!
Hello, RMNB family.
About five years ago, my mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Since that time, my family, led by my Mom, has held a number of fundraisers for Team Fox, the fundraising program at the Michael J. Fox foundation.
This year, one of the fundraisers we are doing is a Caps raffle. The proceeds from the Caps raffle will go to support my cousin Colleen who is running in the NYC marathon in support of Team Fox. All of the money donated to Colleen’s fundraiser will go to Team Fox.
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: 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:
Ovechkin’s parents Mikhail and Tatyana pose with the orphans (Photo: Pavel Lysenkov/Sovetsky Sport)
Caps captain Alex Ovechkin has never shied away from charitable work. From participating in the Caps’ Make-A-Wish efforts to playing in charity preseason games annually in Russia, Ovi never misses an opportunity to help those less fortunate. Plus, we can’t forget his date with Ann earlier this season. But some of his secretive charity efforts behind the scenes are just now becoming public.
Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport has revealed that Alex Ovechkin has quietly been supporting as many as seven orphanages in different regions of Russia.
Photo: Patrick McDermott
Wednesday, the Washington Capitals hosted Hockey Fights Cancer night at Verizon Center. They had 11-year-old blood cancer survivor Ryan Darby participate in the ceremonial faceoff (which was adorable). They also wore purple-colored warm-up jerseys with lavender highlights, colors that represent all forms of cancer.
During the game, the Caps auctioned the signed jerseys off (which were signed with a purple sharpie) and Chris Gordon reports they raised over $55,000 for charity.
Chris took photos of the sweaters with his iPhone 6. Check them out. We even have an Aaron Volpatti jersey sighting!
While in his homeland of Sweden, Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom does a lot for the community. Earlier this summer, Backstrom presented his scholarship for the fifth time to two talented 16-year-old student athletes.
On Sunday, as first reported by Malin Andersson of Hockey Ramblings, Nicky amped up the cuteness to 11 while visiting a hospital in Gävle to participate in the clinic’s Play Therapy program.
The program inspires sick children before they undergo needed medical treatments. And they do it by– you guessed it– playing!
For the second time in ten days, the Washington Capitals took the ice for pre-game warm-ups in some unusual duds. The occasion for Sunday’s sweaters? St. Patrick’s Day. However, the holiday isn’t until March 17, falling three full days after the Caps wore these uni’s. On top of that, Washington, D.C. isn’t exactly known for its Irish heritage. Nevertheless, the jersey were auctioned off during the game with a portion of the funds going to charity. Take a look at the rest of my photographs of these rather, um, interesting jerseys after the jump.
Aiden Lipscomb is a 7-month-old baby boy with a rare form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of muscle cancer. Aiden is on a 54-week chemotherapy regimen, which will be followed by radiation and further treatment. As you can imagine, the medical costs are astronomical. To help Aiden’s family afford to continue his treatment, an auction will be held tomorrow afternoon.
Saturday, July 31st
1PM – 4PM
National Conference Center
18980 Upper Belmont Place
Leesburg, VA 20176-1245
The silent auction will have a lot of items of interest to Caps fans. There will also be a children’s book fair, jewelry, concessions, and delicious cupcakes. There is a $5 entry fee, all of which will go directly to Aiden’s Recovery Fund.
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