ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov and Caps Gaming’s JohnWayne will play EA Sports NHL 20 live on the Capitals Twitch Channel (Twitch.com/Capitals) on Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. ET. Fans will be able to watch Kuznetsov and JohnWayne as they face off on in preparation for Kuznetsov’s upcoming participation in the NHL Player Gaming Challenge.
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The NHL Player Gaming Challenge launches Thursday, April 30, and features NHL players representing all 31 Clubs. Over the course of four weeks each Club will be represented by one or two current players and featured in a one-time matchup against another Club. Weekly matchups, storylines and broadcast details will be revealed at the beginning of each week.
The April 26 event is the second Capitals’ esports initiative this month. On April 22, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and NHL Legend Wayne Gretzky went head-to-head in The Great One vs. The Great Eight Showcase on the Capitals Twitch Channel (Twitch.com/Capitals). The event reached 300,000 concurrent viewers at its peak and raised over $40,000 for COVID-19 relief that will be split between Edmonton’s Food Bank and MSE Foundation’s Feeding the Frontlines fund.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment launched Caps Gaming presented by Leidos – an esports sub-brand that aims to help foster the growth of the NHL competitive gaming community and create visibility for hockey’s esports scene – in November 2019. Upon launching, the team also signed top NHL esports pro John “JohnWayne” Casagranda as the first NHL esports pro to be officially signed by an NHL organization. Caps Gaming hosted the premier Caps Gaming Showcase – a 82-team, 6v6 EA Sports NHL competition on Xbox One in December 2019, followed by the Caps Gaming Showcase Finals in February 2020. In January, “JohnWayne” and Capitals Kuznetsov competed in NHL20, with Kuznetsov playing from MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., and “JohnWayne” competing from his home in Anchorage, Ak.