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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.

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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!

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Photo: Conny Svensson of arbetarbladet.se

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!

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Caps Wear Green to Honor St. Patrick’s Day

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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.
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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.

Aiden’s Auction
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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