August 14, 2022

CAPS: Players Visit Children’s National Medical Center

“They’re going through tough times right now and to be able to come here and put some time in and put smiles on their faces, it means a lot. We’re really supporting these kids,” said Matt Hendricks after visiting with patients at Children’s National Medical Center.

Capitals Jeff Halpern, Karl Alzner, Matt Hendricks and Mike Knuble with kids at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

An hour before the NHL trade deadline, four of the Washington Capitals players – Karl Alzner, Jeff Halpern, Matt Hendricks and Mike Knuble, along with Caps Mascot Slapshot – visited Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Feb. 27, to play video games, color hockey pictures and visit with patients in the hospital’s atrium.

Capitals Karl Alzner giving patient a Weagle tattoo at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Capitals Karl Alzner and young patient showing off matching Weagle tattoos at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Capitals Mascot Slapshot coloring with kids at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Matt Hendricks has been an active member of the DC community since joining the Capitals, however, now as a new father of three month old twins, these events have even more of an impact on him. “I’ve always felt close to kids, but I think now having two of my own, the bond is a little bit closer, probably more with the parents now,” said Hendricks. “I don’t know exactly what they are going through, but it puts me in that perspective a little bit more.”

Capitals Matt Hendricks posing with patient at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Capitals Slapshot and Mike Knuble playing Wii with kids at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Capitals Jeff Halpern playing Wii with kids at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The Capitals players along with their wives and girlfriends have made a tradition of visiting Children’s National Medical Center each season. This was the 12th consecutive season the Capitals have visited the hospital. This was the first of two visits the Capitals will make to Children’s National Medical Center this season, as with the Caps Better Halves plan to spend time with patients at the hospital in the spring.

Capitals Mike Knuble with patient and big Caps fan at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Capitals Jeff Halpern signing autograph for patient at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Capitals Matt Hendricks checking out young patient's new Caps dog tags at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Children’s National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nation’s children for more than 140 years, Children’s National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

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.

About Cheryl Nichols

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 since 2006. Cheryl 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.

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