ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals raised $39,521 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s National Capital Area Chapter during the team’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Oct. 19.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary nonprofit health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.
During Hockey Fights Cancer Night, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation auctioned autographed jerseys that the players wore during pregame warmups. The jerseys featured Hockey Fights Cancer patches on the front with the players’ names and numbers stitched in lavender twill on the back. Lavender is the official color the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer month, as it represents all forms of cancer.
Fifteen jerseys were auctioned for $1,000 or more, with goaltender Braden Holtby’s jersey the top seller at $9,300. Other top bid recipients were jerseys worn and autographed by Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Jay Beagle, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr, Mike Green, Marcus Johansson, Brooks Laich, Steve Oleksy, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson.
Before the Oct. 19 game 11-year-old cancer survivor and Caps fan Luke participated in a ceremonial puck drop with Caps captain Alex Ovechkin and Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson.
Caps players, team personnel, front office staff and broadcast partners also participated in the initiative. All players’ helmets featured a Hockey Fights Cancer decal. In addition coaches, broadcasters and team personnel wore commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer ties.
Hockey Fights Cancer is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association to raise money and awareness for hockey’s most important fight. To date, through the NHL’s U.S. and Canadian charitable foundations, more than $12.8 million has been raised under the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative to support national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations. The Hockey Fights Cancer program is also a component of the NHL’s “Biggest Assist Happens Off the Ice” campaign - the League’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.
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