Ovi and his not-yellow laces. (Photo credit: Chris Gordon)

October marks Hockey Fights Cancer month in the NHL. On Saturday, the Washington Capitals had their own special night at Verizon Center to raise awareness and money for cancer research. Yes, that’s why you’re seeing lavender literally every where on your TV screen tonight. The color represents all forms of cancer and is the official swatch of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer month.

Nice ties, Joe B and Craig!

Nice ties, Joe B and Craig!

Caps management, coaches, and broadcasters are wearing lavender ties during the game. And during warm-ups, the Caps wore special jerseys to be auctioned off.

The jerseys, based off the team’s game-issued home red sweaters, feature a Hockey Fights Cancer patch on the front, and on the back features the players’ names and numbers in lavender twill instead of the traditional white. Their helmets this month also feature a Hockey Fights Cancer decal on the back.

The best part of the players getup, however, was the other stuff. Players such as goaltender Braden Holtby used lavender tape on their sticks. Alex Ovechkin, who always wears bright yellow laces, joined his teammates by wearing pink ones.

RMNB’s master photographer extraoridnaire, Chris Gordon, was on the scene and snapped photos of warm-ups. Check them out below.

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Caps Fight Cancer

Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin stands next to 12-year-old cancer survivor Anthony Holley during the national anthem. (Photo credit: Ned Dishman)

Cancer affects millions of people every year and is truly an awful disease. So on Saturday night, while the boys in red battled the Detroit Red Wings, the Caps held Hockey Fights Cancer Night, joining in a league-wide program to raise money for cancer research and treatment. During warm-ups, the team wore special jerseys with Hockey Fights Cancer patches and lavender outlining around the names and numbers, representing the official color of the initiative. The sweaters, which were signed by their respective player, were then auctioned off to fans at the community relations booth.

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