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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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This Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings, the Washington Capitals will be holding Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night. Caps players will wear purple jerseys during warm-ups while both goaltenders, Braden Holtby and Justin Peters, will be wearing lavender-colored masks throughout the game. How cool is that?

The jerseys will then be autographed and auctioned on the main concourse during the game. Also notable and adorable, eleven-year-old Ryan Darby from Make-A-Wish will participate in a ceremonial puck drop. Hopefully, he throws Henrik Zetterberg out of the dot like Braden Nienaber did with Steve Ott last year.

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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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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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