Capitals To Honor Frontline Workers Prior To Tuesday’s Game vs. Islanders

Photo: ABC7

For their first home game in front of fans this season on Tuesday against the New York Islanders, the Washington Capitals have invited hundreds of pre-selected frontline workers to the game to be honored for their efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It means a lot. I wish more of my co-workers and colleagues could go, but I’m just glad I’m able to go and we are able to get fans back into the arena,” Alex Markenson, a huge Capitals fan, is an ER nurse at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, told ABC7’s Scott Abraham. “I’m super excited to return to Capital One Arena and get some normalcy back into everyday life. It’s an honor to be able to go.”

At the start of the pandemic, Markenson and his co-workers were literally on the front lines and faced apprehension and uncertainty, navigating a path that sometimes changed hourly.

“It’s been very unique, very interesting. One of the big things about emergency medicine for us is that it’s always unknown what we’re going to be experiencing and what will come through the doors,” Markenson said. “During the pandemic, we had to trial and figure out what was working best. Nobody really knew what our plan was and how to treat these COVID patients. Kudos to all of my colleagues, doctors, residents for working together as a team, sticking through and working through this.”

While Markenson was putting his life on the line, he always looked to the Capitals whenever he needed a mental break.

“Sports are always a great way to cope and heal. The [Capitals] have been a big part of my life, my parents were season ticket holders growing up,” Markenson said. “When they were making their Stanley Cup run, I was finishing up nursing school, studying for my boards and there was no better way to wind down from a day of studying then watching the [Capitals].”

2,100 fans (10% capacity) will be allowed inside Capital One Arena for Capitals games starting on Tuesday.

You can watch Markenson’s interview with Abraham below:

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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5 Responses to Capitals To Honor Frontline Workers Prior To Tuesday’s Game vs. Islanders

  1. Anonymous says:

    Bravo Caps! It’s a very good start. We need to do more than just one game. I know seats are few and far between, but we need to find a way to honor all health care and front line responders.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps the Heroes Welcome/Rod Langway Salute in the 2nd period could be a healthcare worker this year and next?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Caps…. Even though I rock the navy on night shift, my heart bleeds RED!!

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