June 22, 2018

CAPS: Courage Caps Skating Party for TAPS

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson skates with a child who has found healing through TAPS. The Washington Capitals hosted more than 150 children and adults who are assisted by the program for a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 24 to launch the 2014-15 Courage Caps campaign. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson skates with a child who has found healing through TAPS. The Washington Capitals hosted more than 150 children and adults who are assisted by the program for a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 24 to launch the 2014-15 Courage Caps campaign. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen poses with young fans at a skating party to benefit children and adults who have found healing through TAPS. Hillen and the children are wearing the Washington Capitals team-branded Courage Caps. The Courage Caps campaign is sponsored by Telos Corporation, and 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps will go to TAPS.  (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen poses with young fans at a skating party to benefit children and adults who have found healing through TAPS. Hillen and the children are wearing the Washington Capitals team-branded Courage Caps. The Courage Caps campaign is sponsored by Telos Corporation, and 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps will go to TAPS. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen poses for a photo with a group of skaters. Niskanen, alongside Capitals defensemen John Carlson, Jack Hillen and Brooks Orpik, hosted a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 24 for children and adults who have found healing through TAPS. TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and care for anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen poses for a photo with a group of skaters. Niskanen, alongside Capitals defensemen John Carlson, Jack Hillen and Brooks Orpik, hosted a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 24 for children and adults who have found healing through TAPS. TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and care for anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik chats with young fans at a skating party to benefit children and adults who have found healing through TAPS. Orpik and the children are wearing the Washington Capitals team-branded Courage Caps. The Courage Caps campaign is sponsored by Telos Corporation, and 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps will go to TAPS. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik chats with young fans at a skating party to benefit children and adults who have found healing through TAPS. Orpik and the children are wearing the Washington Capitals team-branded Courage Caps. The Courage Caps campaign is sponsored by Telos Corporation, and 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps will go to TAPS. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Capitals and MSE Foundation Host Courage Caps Skating Party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for TAPS Event kicked off 2014-15 Courage Caps presented by Telos Corporation, on sale March 5

ARLINGTON, Va. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Washington Capitals American-born players John Carlson, Jack Hillen, Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik hosted more than 150 children and adults assisted by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) for a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

The event kicked off the 2014-15 Courage Caps campaign presented by Telos Corporation. Courage Caps are team-issued branded hats and T-shirts that will go on sale beginning Mar. 5, when the Capitals host the Minnesota Wild.

“This is a wonderful event, and we are thankful to the Washington Capitals for taking the time to really connect with the TAPS families,” said John Wood, Telos CEO. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the families of our fallen military heroes to make memories with their sports heroes.”

For the fourth-consecutive season, TAPS is the beneficiary of Courage Caps. TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and care for anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military. TAPS will receive 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps.

“The Washington Capitals gave the children of America’s fallen heroes the special gift of their time, spending an evening skating with TAPS surviving children, signing autographs, and giving these very special children a memory that will last a lifetime,” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS president and founder. “We are so grateful for the support of Ted Leonsis, Telos Corporation, all the Caps players and staff, and of course the loyal fans who purchase the Courage Caps every year.”

Skating party attendees participated in an hour long skating session with the Capitals players along with team mascot Slapshot and Red Rockers.

“It is an honor to skate again with the TAPS families,” said Carlson. “TAPS is a tremendous organization that provides military families with the support they need. The military sacrifices so much for our freedom and I am really thankful for these families and their loved ones who protected our country. I’m glad they could come out and spend some time with us.”

Funds raised will provide peer-based emotional support, regional seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, grief and trauma resources and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for bereaved military families.

Courage Caps and T-shirts will be sold for $20 online at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store and at stands throughout Verizon Center during Capitals home games. There will also be a limited number of autographed Courage Caps and T-shirts available for sale at WashingtonCaps.com and at the MSE Foundation table located behind section 104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center.

For $50 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Mike Green, Braden Holtby, Alex Ovechkin or Tom Wilson; for $40 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by any other individual Capitals player. Fans will be able to order hats or T-shirts signed by any rostered player online.

A select number of autographed hats and T-shirts will be on sale at the MSE Foundation table at section 104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center beginning Mar. 5. Fans may purchase hats and T-shirts signed by Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Mike Green, Braden Holtby, Alex Ovechkin or Tom Wilson for $50 each and hats signed by Karl Alzner, Jay Beagle, Troy Brouwer, Andre Burakovsky, Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr, Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brooks Laich, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik or Joel Ward for $40 each.

Since the program launched during the 2007-08 season, the Capitals and Wizards Courage campaign has donated $486,261 to charity through the sale of more than 15,000 hats in seven years and nearly 7,000 T-shirts in five years.

Telos Corporation empowers and protects the world’s most security-conscious enterprises with solutions and services for continuous security assurance of individuals, systems, and information. Telos offerings include cybersecurity solutions and services for security risk management and information assurance; secure mobility to protect globally connected enterprises; and identity management to establish trust in personnel and continuously monitor for insider threats. The company serves military, intelligence and civilian agencies of the federal government, allied nations, and commercial organizations around the world. For more information, visit www.telos.com.

CAPS: Washington Capitals Launch Courage Caps

ARLINGTON, VA - JANUARY 20:  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson models the 2013-14 Courage Cap and T-shirt. Courage Caps are team-issued branded hats and T-shirts will go on sale Feb. 4 when the Capitals face off against the New York Islanders. This season the Courage Caps program is sponsored by Telos Corporation with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Washington Capitals)

MSE Foundation and Washington Capitals Launch Courage Caps, Presented by Telos Corporation, to Support TAPS

ARLINGTON, Va. – Courage Caps, Washington Capitals team-issued branded hats and T-shirts, will go on sale beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4, MSE Foundation and the Washington Capitals announced today. This season Courage Caps are sponsored by Telos Corporation, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and care for anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military. Funds raised will provide peer-based emotional support, regional seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, grief and trauma resources and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for bereaved military families.

Courage Caps and T-shirts, presented by Telos Corporation, will be sold for $20 online at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store and at stands throughout Verizon Center during Capitals home games. There will also be a limited number of autographed Courage Caps and T-shirts available for sale at WashingtonCaps.com and at the MSE Foundation table located behind section 104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center.

Since the program launched during the 2007-08 season, the Courage Caps campaign has set a new record each year, donating a total of nearly $350,000 to charity through the sale of 12,000 Courage Caps in six years and more than 5,000 T-shirts in four years.

For $50 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Mike Green, Braden Holtby, Alex Ovechkin or Tom Wilson; for $40 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by any other individual Capitals player. Fans will be able to order hats or T-shirts signed by any rostered player online.

A select number of autographed hats and T-shirts will be on sale at the MSE Foundation table at section 104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center. When the Capitals host the New York Islanders on Feb. 4, fans may purchase hats and T-shirts signed by Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Mike Green, Braden Holtby, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson for $50 each and hats signed by Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera, Mikhail Grabovski, Philipp Grubauer, Marcus Johansson, Brooks Laich and Joel Ward for $40 each.

To launch the 2013-14 campaign, Washington Capitals American-born players John Carlson, Connor Carrick and Jack Hillen will host more than 120 children and adults assisted by TAPS for a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Monday, Feb. 3.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation
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.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, good grief camps for children, case work assistance and a 24/7 resource helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces, regardless of the location of the death or the circumstances of the death. Services are provided free of charge. For more information about TAPS, visit www.taps.org or call the toll-free help line at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).

Telos Corporation

Telos Corporation has provided innovative IT solutions and services to the federal government for more than 30 years, focusing since 1997 on cybersecurity. Telos solutions ensure that the government’s most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. Offerings include Xacta® IA Manager for enterprise IT security management, enterprise security consulting services, secure networks, secure enterprise messaging, and secure identity management solutions. Solutions are represented to the federal government on Telos’ GSA schedule. For more information, visit www.telos.com.

Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner and forward Nicklas Backstrom model the 2013-14 Capitals Courage Cap and T-shirt sponsored by Telos Corporation. A limited number of autographed Courage Caps and T-shirts will be available for purchase online at WashingtonCaps.com and at the MSE Foundation table at Verizon Center starting Feb. 4. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner and forward Nicklas Backstrom model the 2013-14 Capitals Courage Cap and T-shirt sponsored by Telos Corporation. A limited number of autographed Courage Caps and T-shirts will be available for purchase online at WashingtonCaps.com and at the MSE Foundation table at Verizon Center starting Feb. 4. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Washington Capitals)

CAPS: Washington Capitals to Host Salute to the Military Night April 4

Capitals Weagle LogoThe Washington Capitals will host their tenth annual Salute to the Military Night on Thursday, April 4 during the game against the New York Islanders at Verizon Center. Salute to the Military Night is a special evening dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served the country in the armed forces.

With the support of corporate sponsors the Capitals have provided thousands of complimentary tickets to military personnel and their dependents over the course of the ten-year program.

The Capitals will pay tribute to the military throughout the evening through in-game and intermission activities. During pre-game warm-ups the Capitals will wear camouflage jerseys, which will be signed and auctioned off during the game at section 109. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one.

Military personnel will staff recruiting booths throughout Verizon Center where fans can pick up information on the branches of service. The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, which helps service members transition into civilian life following combat, also will be represented. The first intermission will feature a mites on ice group from the Navy Youth Hockey Association while the second intermission will feature the USA Warriors hockey team.

In addition, Courage Caps and T-shirts will be sold starting at $20 at tables at sections 104, 113 and 405 on the concourse and at the Team Store and stands throughout Verizon Center. For the second-consecutive season Courage Caps are sponsored by SKYDEX Technologies, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit TAPS.

CAPS: Carlson, Crabb, Hendricks and Hillen Skate for Courage Caps

Washington Capitals forward Joey Crabb poses with children assisted by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors during a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The event kicked off the 2012-13 Courage Caps, presented by SKYDEX technologies. 100% of proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps and T-Shirts will benefit TAPS. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals forward Joey Crabb poses with children assisted by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors during a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The event kicked off the 2012-13 Courage Caps, presented by SKYDEX technologies. 100% of proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps and T-Shirts will benefit TAPS. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson skates with children and adults assisted by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors during a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. For the second-consecutive season, TAPS is the beneficiary of Courage Caps, team-issued branded hats and T-shirts that will go on sale beginning March 10, when the Capitals host the New York Rangers. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson skates with children and adults assisted by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors during a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. For the second-consecutive season, TAPS is the beneficiary of Courage Caps, team-issued branded hats and T-shirts that will go on sale beginning March 10, when the Capitals host the New York Rangers. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

 

 

Capitals Host Courage Caps Skating Party
at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for TAPS

Event kicks off 2012-13 Courage Caps presented by SKYDEX Technologies, on sale March 10

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals American-born players John Carlson, Joey Crabb, Matt Hendricks and Jack Hillen hosted more than 150 children and adults assisted by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) for a skating party and lunch at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on March 3.

The event kicked off the 2012-13 Courage Caps campaign, presented for the second season by SKYDEX Technologies. Courage Caps are team-issued branded hats and T-shirts that will go on sale beginning March 10, when the Capitals host the New York Rangers.

For the second-consecutive season, TAPS is the beneficiary of Courage Caps. TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and care for anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military. TAPS will receive 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps.

Skating party attendees participated in an hour long skating session with Carlson, Crabb, Hendricks and Hillen.

“We’re proud to be supporting TAPS through Courage Caps,” said Crabb. “A lot of the families have been through some rough things, and it was great to see the kids having fun out here.”

Funds raised will provide peer-based emotional support, regional seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, grief and trauma resources and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for bereaved military families.

Courage Caps and Courage T-shirts will be sold for $20 online at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store and at stands throughout Verizon Center during Capitals home games. There will also be a limited number of autographed Courage Caps and T-shirts available for sale at WashingtonCaps.com and at the community relations table located behind section 103/104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center.

For $60 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green or Alex Ovechkin; for $40 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by any other individual Capitals player. Fans will be able to order hats or T-shirts signed by any rostered player online.

A select number of autographed hats will be on sale at the community relations table at section 103/104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center. When the Capitals host the New York Rangers on March 10, fans may purchase hats signed by Backstrom, Green or Ovechkin for $60 each and by Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer, Carlson, Hendricks, Braden Holtby, Mike Ribeiro or Joel Ward for $40 each.

Since the initiative launched in 2007, the Courage Caps campaign has set a new record each year, raising a total of nearly $322,000 through the sale of nearly 8,000 Courage Caps in five years and more than 3,000 Courage T-shirts in three years. Nearly 2,500 Courage Caps and 2,000 Courage T-shirts were sold last season, raising more than $105,000 for TAPS.

TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, good grief camps for children, case work assistance and a 24/7 resource helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces, regardless of the location of the death or the circumstances of the death. Services are provided free of charge. For more information about TAPS, visit www.taps.org or call the toll-free help line at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).

SKYDEX, a privately held technology company headquartered near Denver, is the industry leader in developing innovative protective materials that mitigate shock, vibration and/or energy forces for the most demanding military, commercial and industrial applications. Its technologically advanced innovations include blast-mitigating flooring for combat vehicles, padding for military helmets, vibration-attenuating seating for both ground vehicles and helicopters and shock absorbing decking for high speed boats. SKYDEX is a leading supplier to armed forces around the world. To learn more about SKYDEX Technologies, visit www.skydex.com.

Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks skates with an adult assisted by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors during a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The event kicked off the 2012-13 Courage Caps, presented by SKYDEX technologies. Courage Caps and Courage T-shirts will be sold for $20 online at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store and at stands throughout Verizon Center during Capitals home games. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks skates with an adult assisted by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors during a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The event kicked off the 2012-13 Courage Caps, presented by SKYDEX technologies. Courage Caps and Courage T-shirts will be sold for $20 online at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store and at stands throughout Verizon Center during Capitals home games. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

CAPS: Washington Capitals to Host Courage Caps Skating Party for TAPS

Will the Capitals finally get to use all these game pucks in 2013? (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

(Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Capitals to Host Courage Caps Skating Party
at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for TAPS

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals American-born players John Carlson, Joey Crabb, Matt Hendricks and Jack Hillen will host more than 150 children and adults assisted by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) for a skating party and lunch at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Sunday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to noon.

The event kicks off the 2012-13 Courage Caps campaign, presented for the second season by SKYDEX Technologies. Courage Caps are team-issued branded hats and T-shirts that will go on sale beginning March 10, when the Capitals host the New York Rangers.

For the second consecutive season, TAPS is the beneficiary of Courage Caps. TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and care for anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military. TAPS will receive 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps.

Funds raised will provide peer-based emotional support, regional seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, grief and trauma resources and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for bereaved military families.

Courage Caps and Courage T-shirts will be sold for $20 online at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store and at stands throughout Verizon Center during Capitals home games. There will also be a limited number of autographed Courage Caps and T-shirts available for sale at WashingtonCaps.com and at the community relations table located behind section 103/104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center.

For $60 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green or Alex Ovechkin; for $40 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by any other individual Capitals player. Fans will be able to order hats or T-shirts signed by any rostered player online.

A select number of autographed hats will be on sale at the community relations table at section 103/104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center. When the Capitals host the New York Rangers on March 10, fans may purchase hats signed by Backstrom, Green or Ovechkin for $60 each and by Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer, Carlson, Hendricks, Braden Holtby, Mike Ribeiro or Joel Ward for $40 each.

Since the initiative launched in 2007, the Courage Caps campaign has set a new record each year, raising a total of nearly $322,000 through the sale of nearly 8,000 Courage Caps in five years and more than 3,000 Courage T-shirts in three years. Nearly 2,500 Courage Caps and 2,000 Courage T-shirts were sold last season, raising more than $105,000 for TAPS.

TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, good grief camps for children, case work assistance and a 24/7 resource helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces, regardless of the location of the death or the circumstances of the death. Services are provided free of charge. For more information about TAPS, visit www.taps.org or call the toll-free help line at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).

SKYDEX, a privately held technology company headquartered near Denver, is the industry leader in developing innovative protective materials that mitigate shock, vibration and/or energy forces for the most demanding military, commercial and industrial applications. Its technologically advanced innovations include blast-mitigating flooring for combat vehicles, padding for military helmets, vibration-attenuating seating for both ground vehicles and helicopters and shock absorbing decking for high speed boats. SKYDEX is a leading supplier to armed forces around the world. To learn more about SKYDEX Technologies, visit www.skydex.com or view the SKYDEX online press kit here.

WHO: Washington Capitals American-born players John Carlson, Joey Crabb, Jack Hillen and Matt Hendricks

WHAT: Skating party with surviving military families assisted by TAPS to launch Courage Caps

WHEN: Sunday, March 3, 2013
11 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Kettler Capitals Iceplex
627 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, Va. 22203

CAPS: Washington Capitals Help Families of the Fallen Through TAPS With 2011 Courage Caps Campaign

Capitals Help Families of the Fallen Through TAPS
With 2011 Courage Caps Campaign

Courage Caps presented by SKYDEX Technologies raised more than $100,000 for charity

ARLINGTON, Va. – 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.

“The great success of this year’s campaign has gratified and overwhelmed us all,” said Buchen, whose SKYDEX Technologies sponsored this season’s campaign. “There is no organization more deserving than TAPS and no better partner than the Washington Capitals. SKYDEX is proud to have been part of this effort.”

“We at TAPS are deeply grateful for the Capitals’ commitment to military families and for their energy in carrying out this year’s campaign”, said Carroll. “And we are grateful to SKYDEX Technologies for sponsoring the campaign and making this all possible. The proceeds from Courage Caps will be an enormous help in providing much-needed services to the survivors of our fallen military heroes.”

This year the Caps sold camouflage Courage Caps and T-shirts with camouflage Courage logos for $20 at Capitals home games, online at WashingtonCaps.com and at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. For $50 fans were able to purchase Courage Caps or T-shirts signed by Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin or Tomas Vokoun; for $35, fans were able to purchase Courage Caps or T-shirts signed by any other individual Capitals player.

Washington Capitals Charities hosted 100 members of TAPS for a two-hour long skating party and pizza lunch at Kettler Capitals Iceplex with Caps forwards Jeff Halpern and Mike Knuble, on Nov. 7, 2011, to kick off the initiative.

Courage Caps is in its fifth season and has raised nearly $250,000, including a record number this season. The Washington Capitals have sold more than 8,000 Courage Caps in five years and more than 3,000 Courage T-shirts in three years.

TAPS is a national nonprofit organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, good grief camps for children, case work assistance and a 24/7 resource helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information about TAPS, go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free help line at 800.959.TAPS (8277).

SKYDEX, a privately held technology company headquartered near Denver, is the industry leader in developing innovative protective materials that mitigate shock, vibration and/or energy forces for the most demanding military applications. Its technologically advanced innovations include blast-mitigating flooring for combat vehicles, padding for military helmets, vibration-attenuating seating for both ground vehicles and helicopters and shock absorbing decking for high speed interceptor boats. SKYDEX is a leading supplier to armed forces around the world. To learn more about SKYDEX Technologies, visit www.skydex.com or view the SKYDEX online press kit here.

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