Capitals to Host Hockey Fights Cancer Skate Following Practice on Nov. 22

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The Washington Capitals are teaming up with the National Hockey League and FORTUNE 500® science and technology leader Leidos in November to educate the hockey community about cancer through Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month. Hockey Fights Cancer is a league-wide initiative founded by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association and is dedicated to raising awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research.


The Capitals will host a Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Game supported by Leidos on Saturday Nov. 23 versus the Vancouver Canucks. Highlights of the month include:

Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Game: In-Game Activities

The Capitals Nov. 23 Hockey Fights Cancer Game will feature various Hockey Fights Cancer related moments and themes throughout the evening. Additional information on Hockey Fights Cancer elements at the game will be released at a later date.

Fans will be asked to show their support for those fighting cancer by holding up “I Fight For” signs during a designated timeout, as well as by sharing their stories on social media platforms by using the #CapsFightCancer hashtag. Fans can also download the signs at

Players will wear Hockey Fights Cancer warmup jerseys and helmets adorned with a Hockey Fights Cancer decal, while coaches and broadcast personalities will wear Hockey Fights Cancer ties and pins. Select players will use sticks wrapped in lavender tape during warmups. In addition, Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom will wear lavender skate blades during warmups in honor of his mother, a breast cancer survivor. The blades will be part of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation’s auction. Lavender is the official color of the Hockey Fights Cancer campaign, as it represents all forms of cancer.

In addition, the pregame on-ice projection will feature lavender in honor of Hockey Fights Cancer.

MSE Foundation Auction

Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation is hosting an auction featuring signed lavender jerseys worn during warmups on Nov. 23; autographed, used hockey sticks with lavender tape; signed, limited-edition Hockey Fights Cancer pucks; and lavender skate blades worn by Backstrom.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit Flashes of Hope, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Fans interested in bidding will need to download the Handbid app on their iPhone and Android devices or online beginning Nov. 12.

Bidding begins on Tuesday, Nov. 12 and will conclude during the second intermission of the Capitals game on Saturday, Nov. 23.

In addition, fans can visit to make a donation to the cause throughout the month.

Hockey Fights Cancer Skate │Oshie Wish

The Capitals will host a Hockey Fights Cancer skate with Flashes of Hope, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Friday, Nov. 22.

Capitals forward T.J. Oshie will grant a wish through Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. Additional information will be released at a later date.

Hockey Fights Cancer Ticket Donation

A $5 donation per ticket purchased for the Nov. 23 Capitals games at this link will be made to the Capitals’ Hockey Fights Cancer beneficiaries. Fans who purchase tickets using the promo code also will receive a complimentary Capitals T-shirt courtesy of CustomInk, available for pickup at the game.

Hockey Fights Cancer Merchandise

Hockey Fights Cancer merchandise will be available for purchase beginning November 15 at the Team Stores at Capital One Arena.


For more information on Hockey Fights Cancer, visit 

About Hockey Fights Cancer

Hockey Fights Cancer is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association to raise money and awareness for hockey’s most important fight. To date, through the NHL’s U.S. and Canadian charitable foundations, more than $16 million has been raised under the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative to support national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations. The Hockey Fights Cancer program is also a component of the NHL’s “Biggest Assist Happens Off the Ice” campaign – the League’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.

The Hockey Fights Cancer program is supported by NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials’ Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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