Capitals to Participate in Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month
Team will take part in cancer awareness and education initiatives
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals are teaming up with the National Hockey League this October to educate the hockey community about cancer. Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month is a league-wide initiative founded by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association that brings the hockey community together to fight cancer, a disease that has affected so many individuals in the hockey family and beyond.
This year the Capitals are partnering with ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting one of six men. This year alone nearly 200,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and more than 27,000 men will die from the disease. However, if caught early enough, there is a nearly 100% survival rate for prostate cancer.
Caps players, team personnel and front office staff will actively participate in the initiative. Players’ helmets will feature a Hockey Fights Cancer decal – lavender in color, representing all forms of cancer – throughout the month. Coaches and other team personnel will participate in the cause by sporting commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer ties.
During home games on Oct. 17 and 27, the Caps will host a player-worn autographed practice jersey auction. The jerseys will feature the player’ names and numbers screened in blue, the color representing prostate cancer, in addition to a Hockey Fights Cancer patch on the front. Twelve jerseys will be auctioned off each night, and all money raised will be donated to ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer. There will also be an informational ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer table at each of the games.
Hockey Fights Cancer Night highlights the Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month schedule. On Oct. 27, Caps fans that have battled, beaten, helped treat or been personally touched by prostate cancer will be honored in an on-ice ceremony prior to that night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. The participants will wear light blue T-shirts with the Caps logo on the front, the Hockey Fights Cancer logo on the back and the ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer logo on the sleeve. Washington Capitals players will take part in the ceremony.
ZERO will have its mobile screening vehicle parked at Verizon Center for free prostate cancer screening for fans from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 27. Early detection is critical, so the Capitals are urging fans to be screened. No appointments are necessary with the screening taking less than 30 minutes and consisting of a simple blood test and an optional physical exam.
As the Caps take part, fans will also be encouraged to join the fight. Commemorative ties, ladies’ scarves, men’s and ladies’ caps and the book Reflections 2009—The NHL Hockey Year in Photographs will be on sale at the team store at the Verizon Center and at shop.nhl.com. In addition, there will be an online auction of autographed and other Hockey Fights Cancer memorabilia. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. Fans are also encouraged to join the fight by calling (800) 540-6500 or logging on to hockeyfightscancer.com.
Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association. It is supported by players, NHL member clubs, NHL alumni, the NHL Officials’ Association, Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. The goal of Hockey Fights Cancer is to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. To date, Hockey Fights Cancer has raised more than $10.5 million.
ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer is based in Washington, D.C. It provides comprehensive treatment to patients, education to those at risk and conducts free screenings. Eighty-two cents of each dollar raised goes directly to the ZERO programs.