I Fight For: Capitals Host Hockey Fights Cancer Night

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The Washington Capitals hosted their annual Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Game on Saturday night as they clashed with the Colorado Avalanche. There were numerous highlights of the evening including the Hockey Fights Cancer lavender warmup jerseys and the CapsFightCancer Starting Lineup.

This is all part of the NHL’s month-long “Hockey Fights Cancer” initiative, which educates the hockey community about cancer through Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month and raises awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research.

Players donned Hockey Fights Cancer warmup jerseys, while coaches and broadcast personalities wore Hockey Fights Cancer ties. Select players also used sticks wrapped in lavender tape during warmups.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation is hosting an auction featuring signed Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys and signed, limited-edition Hockey Fights Cancer pucks. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Mid-Atlantic Region, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and MSE Foundation.  Fans can also visit WashingtonCaps.com/CapsFightCancer to make a donation to the cause throughout the month.

It was a heartfelt moment as six children who are currently battling cancer or who are in remission were announced as members of the team’s starting lineup for their “bravery, strength, and ferocious spirit.” The CapsFightCancer Starting Lineup participants included Dylan Akers (7), Colton Alfaro (16), Kolton Chaney (9), Katie Gardiner (17), Makayla Russell (8), and Jayden Robinson (10).

Absolutely inspiring.

Fans were encouraged to show their support for those fighting cancer by submitting the names of loved ones who have experienced the disease on social media. The submissions became part of the Capitals’ in-game experience during Hockey Fights Cancer Night.

In addition, all fans received a lavender “I Fight For” rally towel.

Earlier this month, the Capitals hosted a Hockey Fights Cancer skate with children and families from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Mid-Atlantic Region, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. Players were greeted in the locker room by the children who are currently battling cancer or in remission.

One of those participants included four-year-old Noah Delwiche, who skated with left-wing Marcus Johansson. “It’s fun. It’s fun to see the kids and see them smiling and to be able to be part of that and put a smile on a kid’s face, it’s awesome,” Johansson said.

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