All across the league, teams have been honoring cancer survivors and remembering loved ones through the month-long initiative of Hockey Fights Cancer. The Washington Capitals will be participating in Hockey Fights Cancer through special events and a game later this week.
Starting Friday at Medstar Capitals Iceplex, the team will host a Hockey Fights Cancer skate with participants from Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, Flashes of Hope, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Forward T.J. Oshie will grant a wish from Brock, a cancer patient through Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic.
Capitals players will be wearing Hockey Fights Cancer sweaters and helmets during warmup. Center Nicklas Backstrom is set to wear lavender-colored skate blades to honor his mother, who is a breast cancer survivor.
The “CapsFightCancer” game against the Vancouver Canucks will take place on Saturday beginning at 12:30 P.M. ET. The starting lineup will feature six children from Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic in a special moment prior to puck drop.
FROM CAPITALS MEDIA RELEASE
The Washington Capitals announced today initiatives related to the team’s Hockey Fights Cancer campaign:
Friday, Nov. 22 – Hockey Fights Cancer Skate
The Capitals will host a Hockey Fights Cancer skate after practice on Friday, Nov. 22.
The 2019-20 Capitals roster will skate with families from Flashes of Hope, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at MedStar Capitals Iceplex at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 22-Saturday, Nov. 23 – T.J. Oshie Wish Experience
Capitals forward T.J. Oshie will grant the wish of 18-year-old hockey player and Reading, Pennsylvania native Brock through Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. Brock has successfully completed his full medical treatment for a brain tumor.
Brock will be at the Capitals Nov. 22 practice (10:30 a.m.), Hockey Fights Cancer skate (11:30 a.m.) and Capitals Hockey Fights Cancer game on Nov. 23.
Media interested in covering are asked to contact Megan Eichenberg firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information, including a wish itinerary.
Saturday, Nov. 23 – Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Game Supported by Leidos
The Capitals will hold a special moment in advance of the game, featuring six Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic children in the starting lineup. The participants will be surprised with the announcement that they will be in the starting lineup following the team’s Hockey Fights Cancer skate on Nov. 22. Additional information on Nov. 22 will be shared with media this week.
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 WashingtonCaps.com/CapsFightCancer.
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 bid online at WashCaps.com/Auctions.
By Della Young