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DCPS Beautification Day
Washington Capitals forward Mike Ribeiro and his family, mascot Slapshot, John Marshall and more than 150 Capitals fans volunteered their time on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Washington, D.C., as part of D.C. Public Schools’ (DCPS) Beautification Day.

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2012-13 Hockey School Registration
Capitals Hockey School is a free program designed to be both instructional and interactive, with the goal of exposing students to floor hockey and teaching proper technique. Each Hockey School visit consists of an interactive floor hockey clinic focusing on puckhandling, passing and shooting.This season Capitals coaches, players, alumni, Slapshot and team representatives will host Hockey School sessions between September and May for groups of 200 fourth through eighth-graders.

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Washington Capitals and Elliot Segal Participate in Playground Design Day
The Washington Capitals and mascot Slapshot, So Kids Can co-founder Elliot Segal from the Elliot in the Morning show, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) and organizers from KaBOOM! hosted a playground design day for children at the Charles Houston Recreation Center in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

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Washington Capitals Raise Nearly $25,000 Through Online Raffle
The Washington Capitals raised $24,493 through the team’s first online raffle held during the 2012 NHL Eastern Conference semifinals. The Caps partnered with the Celebrities for Charities Foundation to raffle off two tickets to Game 6 on May 9 in a catered suite with Caps legend Peter Bondra and Hall of Famer Rod Langway on netRaffle.org. Proceeds from the raffle win benefit Washington Capitals Charities.

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Capitals Host Pep Rally at St. Martin's Lutheran School
The Washington Capitals held a round two playoff pep rally for 125 third-through eighth-grade students at St. Martin’s Lutheran School in Annapolis, Md., on May 7. The school was selected for the assembly based on math teacher Erin Kolarik’s winning entry in a contest that invited schools to share how they celebrated the Capitals first round victory over the Boston Bruins. Kolarik, who incorporates Caps players and statistics into her lesson plans, submitted a warm-up math exercise related to the Capitals Game 7 victory.

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So Kids Can Wins Award
So Kids Can, a program launched in 2008 by Mike Green and Elliot Segal of the Elliot in the Morning Show to benefit youth-focused, nonprofit organizations, was announced as a 2012 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award recipient.

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Round 2 Pep Rally
Congratulations to St. Martin’s Lutheran School of Annapolis, Md., for winning the Capitals round two pep rally contest. Math teacher Erin Kolarik submitted the school’s entry explaining how she and her students celebrated the Caps first round win.

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Mystery Mini-Helmets Raises More Than $20,000
The Washington Capitals raised $20,080 for Washington Capitals Charities through the team’s Mystery Mini-Helmets fundraiser, which took place at the Caps game against the Boston Bruins on April 19. The fundraiser featured 500 Capitals replica mini-helmets, autographed by various Capitals players that sold for $40 each.

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March Caps@School Winners
The Washington Capitals would like to congratulate Laurie Muchnick and her fifth-grade class at Stonegate Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md., for being selected as the March winners of the Caps@School contest. As the monthly contest winner, Muchnick – who used the Caps@School mini-stories with her students to help with their reading comprehension – won a special Washington Capitals visit and Chipotle burrito party for her class.

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Caps Donate to WARL
The Caps Better Halves presented a $31,320.00 check to the Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 18. These funds were donated by Washington Capitals Charities and were raised through the sale of the 2012 Caps Canine Calendars.

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Caps Host Pep Rally
Capitals alumnus and Comcast SportsNet analyst Alan May hosted the hour and a half long event, kicking off the rally by sharing with the students how meaningful their support is to the Capitals as they compete in the playoffs. He also led the students in a cheer as he introduced team mascot Slapshot.

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Hockey School at Haycock Elementary
Washington Capitals ambassador and alum Rod Langway, fellow alum Paul Mulvey and Capitals mascot Slapshot visited Haycock Elementary School in Falls Church, Va., on Wednesday, April 11, to host Capitals Hockey School.

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Hockey School at St. Joseph School
Washington Capitals ambassador and alum Rod Langway, fellow alum Alan May and mascot Slapshot hosted Capitals Hockey School on April 4 for 190 fifth- through seventh-grade students at Saint Joseph School in Herndon, Va.

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Capitals’ Wives and Girlfriends Visit CNMC
Washington Capitals’ wives and girlfriends Ashley Beagle, Carmen Brouwer, Mandy Flemmer (Karl Alzner), Monika Hybnerova (Michal Neuvirth), Cynthia Lavoie (Roman Hamrlik) and Lindsay MacDonald (Dennis Wideman) visited Children’s National Medical Center on Monday, April 2, to make spring-themed arts and crafts with patients in the hospital’s atrium.
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Spring Puck Surprise Raises More Than $18,000 for Washington Capitals Charities
The Washington Capitals raised $18,200 for Washington Capitals Charities through the team’s Spring Puck Surprise, which took place at the Caps game against the Minnesota Wild on March 25. The fundraiser featured 455 pucks that were packaged with Hershey’s Kisses and signed by various Capitals players and sold for $40 each. Fans lined up on the concourse to purchase the pucks as soon as they went on sale at 4 p.m. when the doors opened to Verizon Center. The pucks were sold out in less than an hour.

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Caps for a Cause
After her husband – a master sergeant in the Air Force – was killed in Iraq, Carol Crowell immediately began searching for a support group. But it was a struggle to find one that met the needs of young military widows with children.

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February Caps@School
The Washington Capitals would like to congratulate Micky Hazard and her physical education students at Orange Hunt Elementary School in Springfield, Va., for being selected as the February winners of the Caps@School contest. As the monthly contest winner, Hazard won a special Washington Capitals visit and Chipotle burrito party for her class.

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Sam's Wish Comes True
Sixteen-year-old Sam from Boise, Idaho, is a high school hockey player who has battled T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. His one true wish was to meet his hockey idol, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, and skate with him. From March 6-8, the Washington Capitals, Ovechkin and ESPN partnered with the Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic to make Sam’s wish a reality.

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Caps Help Military 'Rock the Red' Overseas
It is now custom for the Washington Capitals to honor our country’s military heroes at each and every home game in the nation’s capital.

During these contests in the District at Verizon Center, a sea of red claps in unison and players tap their sticks against the boards as various military personnel and “wounded warriors” receive an emotional standing ovation in Washington’s barn.
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Capitals Help Families of the Fallen Through TAPS With 2011 Courage Caps Campaign
Washington Capitals team president Dick Patrick and SKYDEX Technologies president and CEO Mike Buchen presented Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), with a check in the amount of $105,742.76 on Tuesday, Mar. 7, at Verizon Center as part of Caps Military Night. This money was raised through the Capitals Courage Caps program presented by SKYDEX Technologies, and raised more than double the 2010-11 campaign. The Capitals sold 2,464 Courage Caps and 1,923 Courage T-shirts during 2011-12 season.
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Hockey School at Kemp Mill Elementary School
It is now custom for the Washington Capitals to honor our country’s military heroes at each and every home game in the nation’s capital.

During these contests in the District at Verizon Center, a sea of red claps in unison and players tap their sticks against the boards as various military personnel and “wounded warriors” receive an emotional standing ovation in Washington’s barn.
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January Caps@School
Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth visited Armstrong Elementary School in Reston, Va., on Wednesday, Feb. 29 as part of the Washington Capitals Caps@School program. School Age Child Care (SACC) supervisor Christine Lamkin won the player visit from the Caps and a Chipotle burrito party for the 22 students in her afterschool day care program by entering the Caps@School monthly contest.
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Ovi and Caps make Wish Come True
The Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Mid-Atlantic to grant the wish of 18-year-old Robert, from Essexville, Mich., to watch a game in person and meet the Caps captain. Robert, who has battled Hodgkins Lymphoma, attended the Caps game against the Islanders on Feb. 28 with his parents, step-mother, friend and wish manager.
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Joel Ward takes a tour of adopted school
Caps forward Joel Ward takes a tour of Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, this year's Caps Care adopted school, to see the new improvements.
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Beagle, Vokoun and Eavson host Hockey School
Washington Capitals goaltender Tomas Vokoun, forward Jay Beagle, assistant coach Dean Evason and Air-Slapshot visited North Springfield Elementary School in Springfield, Va., on Thursday, March 1, to host the Capitals Hockey School.
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Hockey is for Everyone Month
During a recent Washington Capitals practice 70 pairs of alert eyes peered down at the team from a balcony above the rink.

As the lineup concluded their morning exercises, their audience began trading their shoes for skates and situating themselves in sleds for an afternoon of Extreme Recess with Capitals players Jay Beagle, Jason Chimera and John Erskine.
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Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson Host Capitals Hockey School At Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School
Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom, defenseman John Carlson, assistant coach Jim Johnson and mascot Slapshot visited Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School in Glenn Dale, Md., on Thursday, Feb. 23, to host the Capitals Hockey School.
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Roman Hamrlik and Joel Ward Host Capitals Hockey School At Thurgood Marshall Elementary School
Washington Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik, forward Joel Ward, assistant coach Dean Evason and Air-SlapShot visited Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, to host the Capitals Hockey School. The Capitals adopted Thurgood Marshall Elementary School for the 2011-12 school year.
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Caps Care Casino Night and Auction Raises More Than $350,000 for Charity
More than 600 fans helped the Washington Capitals raise a record number $353,851 for charity at the third-annual Caps Care Casino Night and Auction sponsored by Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on Feb. 10 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. A majority of the money raised will benefit Washington Capitals Charities, which supports community programs in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The Children’s Hospital Foundation will receive $25,000, which will be donated to the hospital’s uncompensated care fund for uninsured and underinsured patients. Love for Lokomotiv will also receive a portion of the proceeds.
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Washington Capitals and Dreams for Kids Host Extreme Recess Hockey
The Washington Capitals teamed up for the second-straight year with Dreams for Kids (DFK) to host Extreme Recess Hockey on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Washington Capitals forwards Jay Beagle and Jason Chimera, defenseman John Erskine and mascot Slapshot skated with children with physical and developmental disabilities following the Capitals practice. Many participants were skating for the first time, and the Caps players helped them get acclimated to the ice while working with them on how to hold the stick, puck handling and passing.
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December Caps@School Winners
The Washington Capitals would like to congratulate Bonnie Marlar and her sixth-grade language arts students at Lake Ridge Middle School in Woodbridge, Va., for being selected as the December winners of the Caps@School contest. As the monthly contest winner, Marlar won a special Washington Capitals visit and Chipotle burrito party for her class, as well as tickets to the Jan. 17 Caps game at Verizon Center.
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Pick-A-Stick raises more than $18,000
Washington Capitals Charities raised $18,770 through its Pick-A-Stick fundraiser that took place at Verizon Center during the Caps game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 15. The fundraiser featured 250 hockey sticks signed by various Caps players that sold for $75 each. The sticks went on sale when doors to Verizon Center opened and were sold out before the start of the game.
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Karl Alzner and Mike Green Host Capitals Hockey School At Randolph Elementary School
Washington Capitals defensemen Karl Alzner, Mike Green, assistant coach Jim Johnson and mascot SlapShot visited Randolph Elementary School in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday, Jan. 12, to host the Capitals Hockey School.
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Jay Beagle and Mathieu Perreault Host Capitals Hockey School At Saint Ambrose Catholic School
Washington Capitals forwards Jay Beagle, Mathieu Perreault, assistant coach Dean Evason and mascot Slapshot visited Saint Ambrose Catholic School in Cheverly, Md., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, to host the Capitals Hockey School.
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Holiday Silent Auction Raises More Than $15,000
The Washington Capitals and the Caps Better Halves raised $15,575.
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Family-To-Family Holiday Party
MSE hosts a holiday party with Family-To-Family participants.
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Brouwer, Erskine Host Hockey School
Brouwer, Erskine host Hockey School at Georgian Forest Elementary.
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MSE's Family-to-Family Program
Players from the MSE family give presents to families in D.C.
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Knuble, Wideman and Evason Host a Hockey School
Mike Knuble, Dennis Wideman & coach Dean Evason host a hockey school at Crofton Elementary School.
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November Caps@School Winners
Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward visited Barcroft Elementary School in Arlington, Va.
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Capitals Host Toy Drive at Verizon Center
The Washington Capitals held the 12th annual Toy Drive at Verizon Center.
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Caps Collect More Than 2,000 Pounds of Food
The Canned Food Drive helped raise money and donate food to local food banks.
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Alex Ovechkin shops for Toys for Tots
Alex Ovechkin, Elliot Segal & Alan May shop for Toys for Tots.
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Caps Joel Ward at Fort Dupont Ice Arena
Joel Ward visits Ft. Dupont Ice Arena for a rink dedication & conducts an on-ice clinic with kids.
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Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals Make Ellie’s Wish Come True
The Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic to grant 18-year-old Eleanor (Ellie) Carney her wish to meet the Caps captain. Ellie, a native Washingtonian who was born with Oral-Facial-Digital Syndrome Type 1 (OFD1), attended the Caps game against the Rangers on Nov. 25 with her 16-year-old sister Emily, parents Margaret and Stephen and wish manager Tracy Langois.
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Capitals Defenseman John Carlson Volunteers with Caps Fans at Capital Area Food Bank
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson, mascot Slapshot, Comcast SportsNet’s Alan May and Mix 107.3’s Chilli Amar, along with 50 Caps fans spent their afternoon volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The group worked to pack and sort donated food at the Capital Area Food Bank’s distribution center to raise awareness for the Capitals Canned Food Drive presented by Volkswagen.
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October Caps@School
The Washington Capitals would like to congratulate physical education teacher Jack Jenkins and his fourth-grade students at Victory Elementary School in Bristow, Va., for being selected as the October winners of the Caps@School contest.
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Capitals Defenseman Mike Green and Elliot Segal Join Kid Rock for Special Announcement
On Nov. 16 recording artist Kid Rock announced that So Kids Can would be a beneficiary of a grant from the Kid Rock Foundation. So Kids Can co-founders Mike Green, Washington Capitals defenseman, and Elliot Segal of the Elliot in the Morning Show, along with KaBOOM! staff members Meredith Darche and Jen Anderson joined Kid Rock at a press conference prior to his concert at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md., for the announcement.
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Capitals Players’ & Wizards Coaches’ Wives and Girlfriends Shop for 20 Families through the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family Program
Washington Capitals players’ wives and girlfriends partnered with the wives of the Washington Wizards’ coaching staff and went holiday shopping for 20 families adopted through the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program at the Skyline Target on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Family-to-Family is an initiative that provides holiday cheer to underserved and deserving families in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
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Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin Host Capitals Hockey School at Kent Gardens Elementary School
Washington Capitals forwards Brooks Laich, Alexander Semin, assistant coach Bob Woods and mascot Slapshot visited Kent Gardens Elementary School in McLean, Va., on Wednesday, Nov. 2 to host the Capitals Hockey School.
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Capitals Players Participate in Movember
The Mo (slang for moustache) and November come together each year for Movember – and this year Caps players Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, Jason Chimera, John Erskine, Matt Hendricks, Mike Green, DJ King, Mathieu Perreault, Jeff Schultz and Joel Ward are all set to be a part of it.
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Marcus Johansson Hosts Capitals Hockey School at Oakcrest Elementary School
Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson, assistant coach Dean Evason and mascot Slapshot visited Oakcrest Elementary School in Landover, Md., on Monday, Oct. 24 to host the Capitals Hockey School.
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Tomas Vokoun, DJ King and Coach Woods Attend Hockey School
Washington Capitals left wing D.J. King, goaltender Tomas Vokoun and assistant coach Bob Woods host a hockey clinic at Old Bridge Elementary School in Woodbridge, Va.
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Chimera and Laich Participate in Hockey Fights Cancer Flashes of Hope Photo Shoot
As part of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer month, Capitals left wing Jason Chimera and center Brooks Laich participated in a Flashes of Hope photo shoot at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Oct. 14. The Capitals treated 10 Flashes of Hope patients and their families to lunch as they watched the team practice from the balcony above the rink.
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Fall Puck Surprise Raises $18,000 for Washington Capitals Charities
The Washington Capitals raised $18,000 for Washington Capitals Charities through the team’s Fall Puck Surprise, which took place at the Caps game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 10. The fundraiser featured 450 pucks that were packaged with Hershey’s Kisses and signed by various Capitals players and sold for $40 each. The pucks went on sale at 6 p.m. when the doors opened to Verizon Center and sold out in less than an hour.
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Green Officially Opens So Kids Can Playground at Associates for Renewal in Education
Caps defenseman Mike Green attended the official opening of the So Kids Can KaBOOM! playground at Associates for Renewal in Education (ARE)in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 19. While the Caps-themed playground was built Sept. 15 by 200 Caps fans and community volunteers, the children could not use it until the cement set.
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Michael Weiss at Kettler Capitals Iceplex
Michael Weiss is hosting the seventh annual Ice Champions LIVE on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at 5 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. All proceeds benefit the Michael Weiss Foundation. Brian Boitano, Ilia Kulik and Kimmie Meissner are just some of the skaters scheduled to perform. For more information go to http://michaelweiss.org/.

SneakerBall VIII at the National Building Museum
Washington Capitals players Karl Alzner, John Carlson, D.J. King and Joel Ward attended SneakerBall VIII at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 13. The Caps players mingled with guests and other athletes at this fundraising event. SneakerBall celebrates the best of sports in the greater Washington region. The event is organized to recognize the Greater Washington Sports Alliance Foundation, the nonprofit foundation of the Sports Alliance that uses the philanthropic generosity of individual and corporate donors to make strategic investments in emerging nonprofits that use sports to enhance children's lives.
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Alex Ovechkin and Jason Chimera Host Capitals Hockey School at Saint James School
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, left wing Jason Chimera and mascot Slapshot visited Saint James School in Falls Church, Va., on Monday, Sept. 12 to host the Capitals Hockey School. The players began the session fielding questions from students in the school’s gymnasium before directing a floor hockey clinic with 220 fifth- through eighth-grade students.
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Jeff Schultz at Ashlawn Elementary School
Washington Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz visited Ashlawn Elementary School in Arlington, Va., on Friday, Sept. 9. The school, consisting of more than 400 students and faculty, received an assembly as the overall winner of the 2010-11 Caps Care Click to Win initiative.

Ashlawn Elementary School earned a Capitals player visit by having the highest number of votes – more than 200,000 – of all the schools that participated in the Caps Care Click to Win program’s online polls from October to May. Schultz was joined by the new radio voice of the Capitals, John Walton, who emceed the event.
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NHL, Capitals Give $10,000 For USA Warriors Hockey
The National Hockey League (NHL) and Washington Capitals Charities presented a $10,000 donation to the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program during a special charity event in support of the nonprofit hockey organization Sept. 8 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Washington Capitals forward Mike Knuble dropped the ceremonial puck and helped present the check to the USA Warriors.
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Matt Hendricks, Crystal Boudreau, John Marshall and Capitals Fans Prepare D.C.’s Thurgood Marshall Elementary for the School Year
Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, head coach Bruce Boudreau’s wife Crystal, mascot Slapshot, John Marshall and more than 125 Capitals fans volunteered their time on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Washington, D.C., as part of the D.C. Public Schools’ (DCPS) annual Beautification Day. This was the third-straight year the Capitals have partnered with Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism to participate in DCPS Beautification Day. Marshall, son of the school’s namesake Thurgood Marshall, is a Caps fan who grew up playing hockey in Washington, D.C., at Fort Dupont Ice Arena.
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Washington Capitals Charities Donates $25,000 to Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey
The Capitals have donated $25,000 to the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association (PVAHA) to help grow the sport of hockey, the Washington Capitals announced at a press event today. In addition, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Bauer Hockey have donated 108 full sets of youth hockey equipment to Kettler Capitals Iceplex and PVAHA.
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Matt Hendricks, Crystal Boudreau, John Marshall and Capitals Fans Prepare D.C.’s Thurgood Marshall Elementary for the School Year
Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, head coach Bruce Boudreau’s wife Crystal, mascot Slapshot, John Marshall and more than 125 Capitals fans volunteered their time on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Washington, D.C., as part of the D.C. Public Schools’ (DCPS) annual Beautification Day. This was the third-straight year the Capitals have partnered with Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism to participate in DCPS Beautification Day. Marshall, son of the school’s namesake Thurgood Marshall, is a Caps fan who grew up playing hockey in Washington, D.C., at Fort Dupont Ice Arena.
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John Carlson participated in the 4th Annual Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson participated in the 4th Annual Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge benefiting the Mia Hamm Foundation and Children’s National Medical Center on Sunday, July 31, at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf in Washington, D.C.
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John Carlson and Elliot Segal Participate in KaBOOM! Playground Design Day
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson and Elliot Segal from DC 101.1 FM’s Elliot in the Morning paid a visit to Associates for Renewal in Education in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, July 20, to participate with students from the Bloomingdale neighborhood in a designing session for their new playground. The Capitals are partnering with KaBOOM! to help build a new playground for the children.
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