G’day, mates! Washington Capitals Nathan Walker is making some noise this off-season in the world down under! The first ever Australia-born NHL player had returned to his homeland for the summer, and even married his girlfriend Tayla since the Capitals won the Stanley Cup! While we extend our happiest congratulations to the young couple, today’s item of business has brought Walker back into public eye rather than keeping a low profile like he has for most of the summer.
Today marks the annual Matt Clark Shield fundraiser hockey game in Sydney, Australia. Our own Nate was among those who attended the game. The event is hosted in honor of the former Warringah Bombers, for whom Clark played before he died at the young age of 17, when leukaemia claimed is life. Today’s event pitted the Sydney Ice Dogs against the Canberra Braves, the latter team won the contest by a score of 3-6.
One player said of Walker’s involvement, “When I spoke to Nathan about getting involved, he really wanted to get behind it. He actually had a friend who was diagnosed with leukaemia who beat the battle. He’ll also be donating a pair of his gloves for a silent auction, which will be held during the game.”
In addition to the game itself, there was also a fair bit of fundraising going on today, enter Nathan Walker. Or should I say, g’day, Nate! Walker donated a pair of his NHL game-used gloves to the event, which went up as part of a silent auction being held. The proceeds of which went to leukaemia research.
The Washington Capitals’ stars have had a busy summer of making public appearances. From today’s charity event in Australia, to John Carlson’s raising awareness for pediatric cancer as part of his day with the Stanley Cup, to Chandler Stephenson’s upcoming day with the Cup being spent with the Humboldt Broncos, there aren’t many who can say the Capitals are selfish people; in fact, maybe I’m a little biased, but I’d venture to say they are some of the most giving and involved champions the NHL have ever had; and with player from all over the world, the global community has become the better for the Capitals first ever Stanley Cup win!
Unlike some people who take the Cup golfing…
By: Chris Laroche
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When you get the chance to meet Australian Hockey Legend Nathan @walks__12 and awkwardly decide its okay to lift him up. Well it was a nice 3 days in Australia and I expect immigration to send me away again for assault. Amazing guy and couldn't be a better icon for Australias growth in the sport @sydneyicedogs #whydoidothings #icehockey #dontdeportme #sydney #australia #capitals #heavierthanhelooks @mightydrunksau @trashpandashockey @waywardsonsau @erskinevillains @nsa_hockey