April 21, 2021

CAPS: Washington Capitals Casino Night Tickets on Sale Today

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.

Ovi getting a lesson? (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Ovi getting a poker lesson? (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

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.

NATS: 8th Annual ziMS Foundation Gala and Golf Tournament

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Washington Nationals third baseman, Ryan Zimmerman, is hosting his ziMS Foundation’s 8th Annual Gala and Golf Tournament on November 1-2, 2013 in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia. See website for details.

Please join the ziMS Foundation in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Become a sponsor today or make a donation and help them find a cure.

Ryan Zimmerman and his family at ziMS 3rd Annual "A Night at the Park" at Nationals Park, June 14, 2012. Fiance Heather Dowden, mother Cheryl, father Keith and brother Sean. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Ryan Zimmerman and his family at ziMS 3rd Annual “A Night at the Park” at Nationals Park, June 14, 2012. Wife Heather, mother Cheryl, father Keith and brother Sean. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)


NATS/P-NATS: Guns and Hoses Charity Softball Game

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Prince William County’s Finest Will Clash with the Yorkshire Volunteer Fire Department

Woodbridge, VA—The 2nd Annual Guns vs. Hoses Charity Softball Game at Pfitzner Stadium is set for Sunday, August 11th in which Prince William County Police officers will engage in a standoff with the Yorkshire Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department with local bragging rights on the line.

For the second consecutive summer, men and women of the PWC Police Department and a selected area fire department will square off to benefit a charity chosen by the respective softball squads.

This year, the Guns vs. Hoses showdown will take place at 5:00pm before the Potomac Nationals contest vs. the Carolina Mudcats (Cleveland Indians) at 6:05pm on 8/11 at The Pfitz.

Gates to Pfitzner Stadium will open to the public at 5:00pm to watch the softball classic.

A press conference promoting the event will take place at Pfitzner Stadium on the diamond at 1:00pm on Wednesday, July 24th featuring media sessions with department heads from PWC Police and Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Photo opportunities for the media will be available with representatives from both departments, as well as K-9s and dalmatians.

“Our hometown heroes do so much in our communities, and without the full recognition they deserve. The Potomac Nationals will celebrate all they have done to serve us with an annual day of fun and softball that honors both the police and fire departments along with all of their families,” said Potomac Nationals Vice President/General Manager, Josh Olerud.

For each ticket to the P-Nats game sold by the PWC Police Department and the Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Department, the Potomac Nationals will donate $4 to the chosen charities for each softball team.

Representatives from the police and fire departments will have emergency vehicles displayed at the ballpark and activities for P-Nats fans to enjoy and participate in prior to the Potomac Nationals game.

All members of the PWC Police Department and the Yorkshire Fire Department will be recognized on the field before the game and in the middle of the 7th inning, a special rendition of God Bless America will honor the men and women who have lost their lives protecting their community.

Congressional Hockey Challenge bridges the gap for a good cause

On April 27, while the rest of Verizon Center was preparing for Saturday evening’s Washington Capitals game, the hallway adjacent to the Capitals locker room was a frenzy of excitement. Intermittently, a figure, alternately in a red or white jersey,  lumbering on hockey skates, would make their way out to the hallway to get some air, or to speak to a reporter.

It was a bit unusual for 1:00 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon, considering the main attraction wasn’t until 7:00 p.m. that night, when the Washington Capitals would play their final game of the regular season versus the Boston Bruins. The figures wearing red and white jerseys were not members of the Capitals or Bruins. They were there for something a little bit different – a hockey game for charity, the 5th Annual Congressional Hockey Challenge.

Founded in 2009, the Congressional Hockey Challenge raises funding for college scholarships and hockey programming, and has raised more than $400, 000 for its causes. This year’s event was held at Verizon Center for the second year in a row. Former Boston Bruin and hockey icon Willie O’Ree performed the ceremonial puck drop and also attended the Capitals game against the Bruins that evening.

The game stars a team of lawmakers (members of Congress, Senators and staff from legislative and executive branches) pitted against a team of lobbyists. It seems apropos to blend the rough-and-tumble sport of hockey with the rough-and-tumble sport of politics in the nation’s capital.

One might be surprised to note that all of the participants on both teams are lifelong hockey players. Congressman Pat Meehan (PA), was an NHL referee for two years before going into politics, and said the CHC helped him rediscover his passion for the sport. “I hadn’t skated for some time before I came back to this game. I grew up playing hockey, and I truly stayed with it,” he said. “Hockey was a big part of my life for a long period of time, but when I came here, I had given it up and I hadn’t skated in five years.”

“When they knew that I had a hockey background, they asked me to get involved with the game, so I came out and then made a fool of myself. But I’ve actually had an awful lot of fun, and it’s been a reason for me to get back into it,” said Meehan, who admitted his status assisted him in making the Lawmakers team. “It’s easier for me to get on the team because if you’re in Congress and can lace your skates up, I think you get on,” he chuckled.

Erik Paulsen, a congressman from Minnesota, had a recruiting experience similar to Meehan’s. ”I got recruited last year cause I’m from Minnesota, so they just figure everyone from Minnesota plays hockey. I grew up playing on the lake but never played organized hockey,” he said. “It’s for a good cause, and now I’m playing once a week out here.”

If you’re not a member of Congress, however, the competition to make the team is tougher. “It’s probably one of the only big hockey games outside of the Caps that happens, at least in our level of play these days, so everyone wants to play. In the small group that does play hockey, there is a waiting list,” said Michelle McGann, of the National Republican Congressional Committee, a member of the Lawmakers team.

McGann’s involvement with the team came almost by accident – she merely wanted to play hockey but ended up on the waiting list for the annual game.

“I moved to DC about two years ago and I’ve been playing hockey my entire life, so when I came down here, I tried to find a competitive league and similar to Melissa, I heard of this man named Nick Lewis that we were supposed to talk to about getting involved,” she said. “I spoke to him, and Tim Regan who works on the Hill, and started coming to these Monday night skates, and a lot of the players in this game are pulled from the Monday night skate. So I got on a waiting list and just crossed my fingers that I would finally make the cut.”

Every Monday night, a mixed group of lawmakers and lobbyists skates at Mount Vernon Ice Arena in Alexandria, VA. Many of the players in the annual Challenge game are pulled from these skates, according to McGann.

“It’s basically an exclusive pickup league,” said McGann. “There’s a group of maybe 40 or 50 people in the email chain, and we hope to have about 30 people come every night, and you just wear dark or white and you just play for an hour and a half.”

Melissa Lavinson, a member of the Lobbyists team, said attendance at the Monday night skates is unpredictable, but everyone is glad to for the opportunity to play hockey, even with a short bench.

“I’ve been to some of the night skates where there’s maybe about 12 people and you wind up playing 6-on-5-on-5, one sub for an hour,” she said. “It’s just fun.”

McGann agreed.  “Everyone understands that you’re just out there to get a good workout and to be on the ice, so it’s great for girls, we’re obviously smaller than a lot of men, so they’re respectful and you don’t have to be too concerned about getting injured.”

Even though the weekly skates are primarily casual and low-key, the competitive nature of each player emerges when it comes to competing in the actual Congressional Challenge game.

“Everyone who plays a sport always has a competitive edge, and you realize that it’s been dormant for so long until you get in a situation where score matters,” said McGann. “You kind of put aside your friendships in some way and you want to win.”

John Goodwin, who represented the Lobbyists this year, said the Congressional game is kind of a big deal for the players, even though many do not have the chance to play as much as they’d like.

“For a bunch of amateurs and older folks, its intense competition, everyone takes it seriously, and we’re playing real hockey,” he said. “Everybody looks forward to it.”

Washington Capitals alumnus and CSN Washington analyst Alan May took some time out of his busy game-day duties and volunteered to coach the Lawmakers team this year. His coaching philosophy was all about moral support, making sure the players knew when to change lines – and scoring goals, of course.

“They all know how to play hockey, they’re all lifelong lovers of the game, they all played youth hockey, so it’s just a matter of just being there to support these guys,” said May.

May predicted it would be an “ugly game,” and an ugly game it was – for the Lawmakers. May’s pupils were shelled for double-digit goals, and fell to the Lobbyists, 11-3 in front of a modest cluster of rowdy spectators.

There is a trophy that the winning team gets to keep for the year, which is more for bragging rights than anything. As it stands, the Lobbyists lead the Challenge series record 3-2.

Photos from the event, courtesy of C&I Studios, can be found here.

 Katie Brown is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page. She grew up in Virginia and Maryland, currently resides in Arlington, VA, and developed a love for the sport of hockey as a youngster while watching her brothers play. She combined her enthusiasm for the game with her love of writing after college. Katie has covered the Capitals as credentialed media for two seasons for several area blogs before joining the DSP staff. Katie works at a nonprofit organization by day but the rest of her time is devoted to watching, writing, and talking about hockey and perfecting her mean one-timer. You can follow Katie on Twitter@katie_brown47.

CAPS: Win an Ovechkin jersey and glass seats

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(Photo from washcaps.com)

Win an autographed game-worn Alex Ovechkin jersey and four glass seats to the Caps game against the Flyers on Friday, Feb. 1

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation has partnered with netRaffle.org to give Caps fans the chance to win an autographed game-worn Alex Ovechkin jersey and four glass seats to the Capitals game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Verizon Center on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m.

The winner will be presented with the game-worn Ovechkin jersey at the game on Feb. 1 and will get to cheer on the Caps from the front row with three guests. The four attendees will be photographed on the ice prior to the start of the game and will be provided with complimentary food and beverage during the game. The size 58 Washington Capitals home jersey features the captain’s “C” on the left chest and was worn during the 2010-11 NHL season by Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin autographed the no. 8 on the back of the jersey.

Raffle tickets are two dollars each and a minimum of five tickets must be purchased. Proceeds benefit Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. Don’t wait, get your tickets now as the deadline to purchase is 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. The winner will be contacted that night and tickets will be left at will call the day of the game.

To purchase raffle tickets, click here.

Created in 2013, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of all the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. The 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.

NATS: Meet Steve Lombardozzi and his father Nov. 17

Steve Lombardozzi to Tyler Moore for third out in third inning – Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals, July 31, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)


Steve Lombardozzi Jr. and Steve Lombardozzi Sr. to Collect Donations at Nationals Clubhouse Team Store at Tysons Corner Center

Fans are encouraged to donate to Superstorm Sandy relief and recovery efforts

WHAT: Washington Nationals infielder Steve Lombardozzi Jr. and his father, 1987 World Series champion Steve Lombardozzi Sr., will make a special appearance at the Nationals Clubhouse Team Store at Tysons Corner Center tomorrow, Saturday, November 17, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. to help collect donations in support of relief and recovery programs in the areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

The father-son duo will be available for photos with fans who donate items to the drive, a joint effort between the Lombardozzis, the Nationals, JK Moving Services – the team’s Official Mover – and Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. In addition, all those who contribute donations will receive 15% off their purchase on full price merchandise at any of the Team Store locations.

Items most needed at this time include:
· Canned foods including soups, stews, chili, tuna, peanut butter and canned milk (pop-top preferred, but please avoid glass containers)
· Bottled water – One liter or smaller bottles for easier transport
· Powdered milk, baby formula and bottles
· Personal care items including disposable diapers, soap, wipes, toilet paper, first aid kits and feminine products
· Household items including garbage bags, zip lock bags, paper plates and cups, plastic utensils, duct tape, matches, batteries, flashlights, disinfectant and cleaning materials
· Disposable charcoal grills and charcoal
· New blankets and sleeping bags

The Lombardozzis will also greet fans who donate items at Good Counsel High School from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. They will then join JK Moving Services in delivering the items using a donated 35-foot long JK truck to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside, N.J., on Tuesday, November 20.


Nationals Clubhouse Team Stores – Tysons Corner Center
1961 Chain Bridge Rd. Suite E-5U, Tysons Corner, VA

Saturday, Nov. 17: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
17301 Old Vic Blvd., Olney, MD

Saturday, Nov. 17: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. in Kane Center Gym Lobby


Tysons Corner Dulles Town Center Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
Nationals Clubhouse Team Store Nationals Clubhouse Team Store 17301 Old Vick Blvd. Olney, MD
1961 Chain Bridge Rd. Suite E-5U, VA 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Suite 156, Dulles, VA Fri (Nov 16): 8am–3pm in the front office,
Fri-Sat (Nov 16 & 17): 10am-9:30pm Fri-Sat (Nov 16 & 17): 10am-9:30pm 3pm–6pm in the Kane Center Gym Lobby
Sun. (Nov 18): 11am-7pm Sun. (Nov 18): 11am-7pm Sat-Sun (Nov 17 &18): 10am-4pm in the Kane Center Gym Lobby

CAPS/WIZARDS: Holiday Shopping for Family-to-Family Program

Red Rockers – members of the Washington Capitals spirit squad – assist with loading a 35–foot JK Moving Services truck during the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program shopping trip on Nov. 14. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Sports Entertainment)

Monika Hybnerova (right) shops for a family adopted through the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program during the program’s shopping trip on Nov. 14. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Sports Entertainment)


Wizards and Capitals Team Up with JK Moving Services to Shop for 18 families for the Holidays

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals partnered with JK Moving Services to go holiday shopping for 18 families adopted through the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program at the Skyline Target on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Family-to-Family is an initiative that provides holiday cheer to underserved, deserving families in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Wives and girlfriends of Wizards and Capitals players and coaches shopped for 82 adults and children. Participants included Bree Anderson, fiancée of Wizards forward Trevor Ariza, Patrice Cleary, wife of Wizards strength and conditioning coach Drew Cleary, April Dixon, girlfriend of Wizards forward Trevor Booker, Lauren Hilario, wife of Wizards center Nene, Eva Kodouskova, fiancée of Wizards forward Jan Vesely, Ilana Nunn Okafor, wife of Wizards center Emeka Okafor, Joni Sichting, wife of Wizards assistant coach Jerry Sichting, Courtney Webster, wife of forward Martell Webster and Kathy Wittman, wife of Wizards head coach Randy Wittman along with Monika Hybnerova, girlfriend of Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth and Karin Johansson, wife of Capitals assistant coach Calle Johansson.

“We each got a family and their wish list and were able to get them everything on their list,” said Karin Johansson. “There are a lot of families out there in need, and it was a lot of fun to help out.”

Children will receive clothing, educational items and toys, while the parents and guardians will receive clothing and household items along with gift cards.

“Especially during the holidays, if you think of all the kids and the families that are less fortunate than a lot of us, it’s nice to be able to give something back to them,” said Courtney Webster.

By the end of the day, one 35-foot JK Moving Services straight truck was filled with gifts. JK Moving Services is the official mover of both the Wizards and the Capitals and participated in the Family-to-Family program for the second-consecutive year by donating a truck and crew to load, transport and deliver the collected items.

“JK Moving Services is committed to supporting the needs of our community through outreach efforts like the Family-to-Family program,” said Charles Kuhn, CEO and President, JK Moving Services. “It is an honor to partner with the Wizards and Capitals to make the holidays a little brighter for these families.”

The trip marked the second year the Wizards and Capitals have joined forces to participate in the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program.

CAPS: Washington Capitals to Sponsor USA Wounded Warriors in USA Hockey Sled Classic

Washington Capitals to Sponsor USA Wounded Warriors in USA Hockey Sled Classic

Rockville, Md., USA Warriors ice hockey team to represent Washington

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals announced today the sponsorship of the USA Wounded Warriors in the third annual USA Hockey Sled Classic presented by the National Hockey League. The competition will take place at the Northtown Center at Amherst in Buffalo Nov. 9-11, with the Rockville, Md., USA Warriors ice hockey team representing Washington.

The USA Hockey Sled Classic is an annual round robin format tournament between NHL-affiliated teams. Established in 2010, it is the first competitive adult tournament of its kind.

Washington will begin the tournament in a game against Buffalo on Friday, Nov. 9, followed by a contest against Carolina. On Saturday, Nov. 10, Washington will compete against a second Buffalo-based team, with semifinals and the championship game scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11.

The 2012 competition marks the first year a Capitals sponsored team is participating in the classic. Washington Capitals Charities, the nonprofit arm of the Washington Capitals, funded the registration fee and provided the USA Warriors with Capitals Jerseys including the players’ names and numbers, in addition to helmet decals.

A member of USA Hockey and the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association, the mission of the USA Warriors ice hockey program is to organize and administer an ice hockey program that provides a recreational, therapeutic experience and education to those wounded in defense of the United States. Established in 2006, the team is based out of the Rockville Ice Arena.

A total of 12 NHL teams are sending one or more teams to participate in the USA Hockey Sled Classic, including the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Sled hockey teams will represent their affiliated NHL club by wearing official NHL licensed jerseys with local club marks and logos.

For full tournament results, statistics and game recaps, as well as photos and video content from the weekend, click here.

FORMER NATS: Rick Ankiel is Raising Money for Diabetes

Former Washington Nationals Outfielder Rick Ankiel is raising money to Cure Diabetes. Donations can be made on his fundraising page for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

(h/t to @stephaniekays)

Nationals outfielder Rick Ankiel – San Diego Padres v. Washington Nationals, 5/15/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

NATS: Washington Nationals Ian Desmond Launches “Spread the Glove” Campaign

Shortstop Ian Desmond returned to the lineup – New York Mets v. Washington Nationals, August 17, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

“Spread the Glove is a project close to my heart that I would like to expand on many levels. This is just the beginning of how all of us can help make a difference. We cannot help everyone at one time, but we can start one person at a time. Thank you for joining me on my first project…the first of many more to come. Spread the Glove.” – Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals Shortstop

“Spread the Glove” is a campaign started by Ian Desmond to partner up with Washington Nationals fans and give back to charity. Fans will be able to nominate a charity in 350 characters of less on www.IanDesmond20.com until November 10, 2012 and tell Ian why that charity is a good choice.

At the end of Spread the Glove, Ian will present the winning charities a donation on behalf of Ian Desmond fans and himself. Winners of the charity will receive an appearance by Ian Desmond at their organizations facility and fans that nominated the charity will be recognized on all of Desmonds’ social media outlets.


  • Only one entry per person on www.iandesmond20.com
  • Three organizations will be chosen as the grand prize winning organization.
  • Prize money will go directly to wining charity from Ian Desmond and be presented on behalf of Ian and his fans and not to the individual whom posted the entry on www.iandesmond20.com.
  • Fans who posted winning entries will be acknowledged by Ian via his social media of Twitter, Facebook and www.iandesmond20.com website.
  • All entries in order to be considered must be entered via www.iandesmond20.com
  • Charity must be of 501(c)(3) status.
  • Prize money will be awarded within 4-6 weeks upon completion of contest.
  • Winning organization will be contacted by Two Affix, LLC within 10-12 business days upon completion of contest. Winning organization will be contacted via Certified U.S. Regular Mail and E-Mail.
  • If winning organization does not claim prize within 10 days after being contacted by Two Affix LLC, another organization will be chosen for the winning funds.
  • Any merchandise that is damaged can be returned for exchange only within 5 business days of receipt of product.
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