MSE FOUNDATION KICKS OFF HOLIDAY SEASON
WITH WALMART SHOPPING EVENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation kicked off the holiday season with a shopping spree at Walmart for its annual Family-to-Family initiative on Nov. 21. This holiday season the wives and girlfriends of Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards players and coaches will assist in shopping, wrapping and delivering gifts to underserved families in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mandy Alzner, wife of Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, Brandi Holtby, wife of Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, Monika Hybnerova, girlfriend of Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth, Gina Nucci, girlfriend of Capitals defenseman John Carlson, Courtney Parrie, fiancée of Capitals defenseman Mike Green, and Claire Volpatti, wife of Capitals forward Aaron Volpatti, shopped for 20 families at the Walmart Supercenter located in Tyson’s Corner on Nov 21.
Combined the participants spent nearly $20,000 on gifts for local families. Children will receive clothing, educational items and toys, while parents and guardians will receive clothing and household items along with giftcards.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Parrie. “It’s so special. It’s a great time of the year with the holidays and being able to give back to the community is a wonderful opportunity.”
The trip marked the third year the Capitals, Mystics and Wizards have joined forces to participate in the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE Foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact on the community: education and scholarship, hunger and homelessness, military and veterans’ affairs, pediatric health and fitness and youth basketball and hockey. In 2013 MSE Foundation, along with the Leonsis Foundation, will donate more than $1.5 million to local charities. More than $1 million has been donated to date.
Caps Casino Night is always a fun event. Fans get dressed up and mingle with tux-wearing players while having a great time and giving to charity. If you’ve never been and are thinking about going, here are my photos from Caps Casino Night 2012 and 2011. Tickets go on sale today so get them quickly because they will sell out.
Capitals Casino Night Tickets Available Dec. 3
Presale for March 12, 2014 Casino Night begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday
ARLINGTON, Va. – Capitals Casino Night tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, for past attendees and Friday, Dec. 6 for season ticket holders. The presale will last until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, when tickets go on sale to the public.
Capitals Casino Night will take place on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel. The event features gaming with the players, a raffle, a silent auction and a live auction.
Games include blackjack, Texas hold’em, roulette, craps and slots. There also will be video game stations and auctions featuring Capitals game-used jerseys, sticks and skates as well as autographed items from other professional athletes. A live auction will offer fans the chance to win unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences with players and coaches. In addition fans can also win autographed memorabilia, hotel stays and gift certificates through the raffle.
The Cavalier Ballroom with Wii gaming stations, the raffle and silent auction will open at 6:30 p.m. The Commonwealth Ballroom with casino games and live entertainment will open at 7 p.m. with the event concluding at 10:30 p.m.
Tickets are limited. Attendees must be at least 21 to attend Casino Night, and dress is cocktail attire. To purchase tickets visit WashingtonCaps.com.
Once tickets are purchased they will be available for pick-up at the MSE Foundation table located behind section 104 on the main concourse during home games starting March 2. Tickets will not be mailed. If attendees can not pick up tickets at a home game during March, tickets will be placed in will call and available for pick-up the night of the event.
All funds raised from the 2014 Capitals Casino Night will benefit MSE Foundation. MSE Foundation is the nonprofit arm of the Washington Capitals that offers unique resources and programs to various charities and nonprofit organizations through the Washington, D.C., area on behalf of the Washington Capitals. Each ticket, less benefit received of $100, is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
The Washington Capitals hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets looking for their fifth straight home victory and it took about one and a half minutes of overtime to accomplish that goal. Captain Alex Ovechkin scored the winning goal with the help of Marcus Johansson, giving Ovi a franchise-leading 13th career overtime goal.
“JoJo [Marcus Johansson] did a great job,” stated Ovechkin. “First through it. And after that I have to go to the net and find a rebound. I get a lucky puck, bounce right to my stick, and we go. It’s always nice to score, and [with an] overtime goal you can feel your best.”
Caps Head Coach Adam Oates’ post-game press conference focused on the competitiveness and resiliency of the Caps to come back and win in overtime. “That’s a playoff game, it just happens to be now, but we need these points, and you have to put yourself into position. Hockey is getting that way every night. We’ve been talking about that for two weeks. Every night it’s a grind.”
The first period was scoreless, however, both teams played solid hockey that period. ”We [Capitals] started [game] better than I anticipated after last road trip,” said Oates. “Think we’re a little tired, trip caught up to us a bit.”
Blue Jackets were first on the scoreboard with a shorty by Brendon Dubinsky early in the second period. Caps answered back about eight minutes later with an even strength goal by John Carlson.
Carlson may have played his best game of the season. Oates said, “For the last little bit, he’s [Carlson] been playing great. Him and Alzny [Karl Alzner] have been solid. They’ve been a rock. They’ve started every penalty kill, which has been very solid for us. [They've played] a lot of minutes and [Carlson] scored a big goal. He’s playing great hockey.”
The Caps started the third period on a power play, however, were unable to score. Joel Ward scored a short-handed goal and the Caps took the lead 2-1. Columbus scored two quick back-to-back goals to make it 3-2. Blue Jackets third goal was frustrating to the Caps because a bouncing puck got past Mike Green making Greenie look like the bad guy.
“The fact that we went down like that [3-2] I think really upset us and lit enough of a fire for us to get back and build the confidence knowing that we were going to win it,” stated defenseman Karl Alzner.
With less than two minutes remaining in regulation, Mikhail Grabovski tied up the game with his 100th NHL career goal and forced game to overtime. Caps are now 10-8-1.
The Capitals travel to Detroit on Friday and then return to Verizon Center for three games next week. The Caps will practice tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Washington Capitals Alumni Alan May and Ken Sabourin Host Hockey School
at St. Mary’s School in Landover Hills, Md.
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals alumni Alan May and Ken Sabourin visited St. Mary’s School in Landover Hills, Md., on Oct. 23, to host a Capitals Hockey School assembly.
Hockey School is a free program, designed to be both instructional and interactive, with the goal of exposing students to floor hockey while teaching proper technique.
May and Sabourin directed a floor hockey session in the school’s gymnasium with approximately 150 elementary school children.
During the assembly May and Sabourin guided the students through several drills focusing on stickhandling, passing and shooting prior to inviting them to demonstrate what they learned.
Students, who have been practicing hockey as part of their physical education curriculum, participated in a brief scrimmage joined by May and Sabourin as their teammates. With May representing the girls team and Sabourin representing the boys, the game ended in a tie.
“I thought it was a great turnout with the whole school here,” said Sabourin. “The kids brought a lot of energy. They were enthusiastic and really appreciated that we came by.”
Following the clinic, the Capitals donated a set of street hockey equipment to St. Mary’s School in Landover Hills. The Capitals also provided each student with a hockey 101 booklet, a squishy puck and an autograph from May and Sabourin.
The assembly was the first Capitals Hockey School of the 2013-14 academic year. The Capitals host one Hockey School visit each month between October and May and donate street hockey equipment to each participating school.
The 2013-14 season marks the seventh consecutive year the Capitals have conducted their Hockey School program. The Capitals have hosted more than 70 clinics and reached more than 10,000 students in the past five years.
Enter Teddy’s #PicOrTreat Halloween Costume Contest for a change to trick or treat with Racing President Teddy! Just post a photo of you and/or your kids in a Washington Nationals-themed costume to Instagram with the hashtag #PicOrTreat by Wednesday, October 23 to enter to win! The five finalists will be announced October 24. See Official Rules.
The fall weather is upon us now so this weekend is perfect timing for heading to a pumpkin patch and picking out the perfect pumpkin. Fans can even download the Nats stencils and show your Natitude by carving a Nats pumpkin! Be creative!
HAPPY 28th BIRTHDAY JAY BEAGLE!
The Washington Capitals forward was born on 10/16/1985 in Calgary, AB, Canada.
Happy 28th Birthday to #83.
Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.
We apology for the tardy birthday greetings. MoJo’s birthday was Sunday.
HAPPY 23rd BIRTHDAY, MARCUS JOHANSSON!
The Washington Capitals center was born on 10/06/1990 in Landskrona, Sweden.
Happy 23rd Birthday to #90.
Washington Capitals and Wizards Players Team Up with KaBOOM! to Build New Playground
at Eagle Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forwards Jay Beagle, Aaron Volpatti and Tom Wilson and Washington Wizards guards Bradley Beal and Glen Rice, Jr. joined more than 250 volunteers from Eagle Academy Public Charter School and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Congress Heights neighborhood on Thursday, Sept. 26, to build a new playground at the Eagle Center at McGogney.
The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in July. Since the school reopened, students have been playing indoors or on a field with no play structure. The new equipment will provide more than 1,200 children in the neighborhood with a safe place to play.
Volunteers including the Capitals and Wizards players completed the build in six hours, including moving 160 cubic yards of mulch, mixing more than 1,500 pounds of concrete and assembling the play structure.
“The new playground offers kids a great place to be active,” said Beagle. “It was nice to see so many people come together for a cause, and we hope the children enjoy playing outside on the equipment.”
“I am glad to see all of the ideas from the kids from Design Day come to life,” said Beal. “The participation of the volunteers and the excitement of the students made it a great day.”
The playground is the first built by KaBOOM! and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, but the third built with the assistance of the Washington Capitals. MSE Foundation served as the funding partner for the playground, which cost $83,500.