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Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 02/10/2011

Caps community relations roundup

By Nicole Weissman

I’ve got to tell you, I was all set to write a post today on how stringing together a win against the division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, the rival Pittsburgh Penguins, and the talented but less familiar San Jose Sharks was the trifecta that was going to set the tone for the rest of the season. Three different but equally important victories accomplished despite a variety of injuries? Surely a sign of great things to come.

Needless to say, the Caps’ lackluster 2-0 loss to San Jose last night put the kibosh on my plans. But while I wait for the sting of Tuesday night’s loss to wear off, I’m equally happy to bring you a long overdue community relations update.

People’s Garden Initiative: Today, Mike Green will visit Powell Elementary School in Northwest Washington to participate with students in a session to begin designing a garden. The Caps have partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s People’s Garden initiative to build a garden at Powell this spring. This is not Green’s first visit to the school – last summer he and 125 Caps fans helped prepare the school for the new year on D.C. Public Schools Beautification Day.

Capitals Hockey School: Wednesday, more Caps visited Powell Elementary School for the 11th Capitals Hockey School event of the season. This time John Erskine, Boyd Gordon and assistant coach Bob Woods joined Slapshot in the school’s multipurpose room to take questions from students and participate in a hockey floor session.

Children’s National Medical Center: Monday, a group of Caps wives and girlfriends visited Children’s National Medical Center to make valentines with patients in the hospital’s atrium. This is the first of two visits the Caps will make to the Center this month.

Virginia Hospital Center: Last Saturday, a large group of Caps players and wives and girlfriends visited Lucky Strike in Chinatown for a bowling event to benefit cancer survivorship programs at Virginia Hospital Center. The players who participated in “Bowling with the Caps” – Karl Alzner, Matt Bradley, Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr, Boyd Gordon, Matt Hendricks, Mike Knuble, Jeff Schultz, D.J. King, Brooks Laich and David Steckel – helped to raise money for the Chris Walsh Cancer Survivorship Fund, a fund established by Caps internist Dr. Christopher Walsh, a cancer survivor. The event and a $25,000 donation from Washington Capitals Charities brought the total funds raised for Walsh’s fund to $60,300.

Club Scarlet: Club Scarlet, the Caps’ fan club for women, unveiled a new website recently. I have been a critic of Club Scarlet in the past for “dumbing down” hockey for women by focusing on off-ice interests in player bios and for including sexually appealing photos of players on the site. I’m happy to say that the new site has some great content and while old player photos are still there, the new player photos feature the guys in spiffy suits – no red lighting and come hither looks. In other Club Scarlet news, tickets for the second “Hockey n Heels” event of the season sold out in less than 45 minutes.

As always, you can find more information about the Caps’ community relations efforts on the Caps Care website.

By Nicole Weissman  | February 10, 2011; 11:11 AM ET
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