Washington Capitals memorabilia are featured in an online silent auction hosted by Play for a Purpose, a charity hockey event to raise money for the Players Against Hate initiative that increases awareness and stops racism and name-calling by youth athletes, their teams and coaches, their families, and spectators. The event takes place at The St. James Sports, Wellness and Entertainment Complex in Springfield, VA, from 2:00 PM – 5:00PM on Saturday, March 21.
Shown above, the Capitals items include a Braden Holtby signed jersey, Tom Wilson signed puck, Dmitry Orlov signed jersey, and a John Carlson signed puck. Also featured in the auction is a 1980 Team USA Olympic replica jersey signed by Patrick O’Brien Demsey, who played Mike Eruzione, the captain of the U.S. hockey team that defeated the Soviet Union’s team in the 1980 Winter Olympics in the 2004 Disney docudrama Miracle.
Some of the items do not have bids yet, but the Holtby jersey and Team USA replica jersey have each been bid on at $50. Place your bids now by visiting this link. Bidding closes during the Play for a Purpose event at 4:00 PM. You do not need to be present to win.
All proceeds will benefit the Players Against Hate initiative. Their goal is to develop educational materials against hate to be used to teach players, coaches, officials, sports organizations, and spectators that hate has no place on the bench, in the game, or in the stands and to grow the movement beyond hockey to other youth sports where hate impacts the athletes.
Special guests are also featured at the event including Capitals Hockey Ambassador and Team USA Olympic Gold Medalist Haley Skarupa, NHL staff writer and founder of The Color of Hockey William Douglas, and former professional hockey player and hockey coach for Stevenson University Duante Abercrombie.
An acoustic performance by Chris ‘#2’ Barker of the band Anti-Flag will occur after the game. To purchase tickets, click here.
By Della Young