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Caps Launch 'Courage Caps' Charity

The Caps announced a new charity today during their annual visit to Children's National Medical Center. Here are the details:

Courage Caps are team-issued and branded hats that will be sold throughout the season at Capitals home games and online at and Hats will be available for purchase for $20 starting on Oct. 26 and 100% of the sale price will benefit CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit based in Bethesda and an NHL charitable partner that focuses on raising funds for the Children's Oncology Group, the world's largest cooperative cancer research organization that treats 90% of children with cancer.
Courage Caps will be sold at the community relations table at Capitals home games and online at There will also be a limited number of autographed Courage Caps available for $30 and $50.

Update:Joe Motzko was sent down this evening. But it's only a paper transaction. He'll be back with the team when they return to practice on Wednesday. They are taking tomorrow off.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 15, 2007; 8:29 PM ET
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Buffalo is sick. 3 minutes left, they just put in another goal, 4 in 6 and a half minutes. The only think keeping the Leafs in it is Thibault in goal for the Sabres. Buffalo is a perfect example of great drafting and elite coaching. I like them better with Briere gone.

Posted by: Marco | October 15, 2007 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Marco -- this game is nuts! it's amazing how good Buffalo still is after losing those two guys.

Posted by: Tarik | October 15, 2007 9:42 PM | Report abuse

What a wonderful charity effort. I'll be keeping an eye out for some early holiday shopping.

Let's Go Caps!

Posted by: Shmoo | October 15, 2007 9:56 PM | Report abuse

they're taking tomorrow off practice?!?!?!?! you must be joking! fifty shots were taken against the caps and they are only going to practice twice before the next game??? that is hands down the dumbest thing i've ever heard in my life. they should have to earn days off.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 15, 2007 11:26 PM | Report abuse

I agree. I understand that the Caps are trying to heal some of their players, but after their embarrassing play the last two games, they should have to earn a day off. They took way to many penalties in the last two games and ruined a good game by Johnson. With this four game homestand coming up and the breaks that they have between games, I expect them to come out stronger and smarter with the puck. They need to get back to the back control they had in the first 3 games. Hey Tarik, is Semin supposed to be back during this homestand or is the ankle more serious then the Caps are leading on ? Thanks!

Posted by: Adam | October 16, 2007 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, back to the puck control they had in the first 3 games.

Posted by: Adam | October 16, 2007 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Folks, it's not uncommon for teams to take a couple of days off after five games in nine nights.

Posted by: Tarik | October 16, 2007 8:08 AM | Report abuse

any word on sutherby? i can't reconcile hanlon talking about how great he is and him getting an "a" in the team picture with motzko getting a sweater ahead of him, unless of course he's injured.

too many pronouns to be comprehensible?

Posted by: pgreene | October 16, 2007 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, it's awful. Imagine taking a day off to go visit a bunch sick kids at Children's Hospital and maybe make them feel a little better for a day. I mean, don't they realize how incredibly important practice is in the grand scheme of things?

Posted by: b.orr4 | October 16, 2007 9:33 AM | Report abuse

"Folks, it's not uncommon for teams to take a couple of days off after five games in nine nights."

Yes, but the team took off the last two games. I understand you don't want to wear down guys at the beginning of the season, but right now there is zero accountability on this team. Its time for the coaching staff to step up and begin making demands of their players and, if necessary, begin dealing with players who aren't carrying their share of the load.

Posted by: Jay | October 16, 2007 9:45 AM | Report abuse

"Yeah, it's awful. Imagine taking a day off to go visit a bunch sick kids at Children's Hospital and maybe make them feel a little better for a day. I mean, don't they realize how incredibly important practice is in the grand scheme of things?"

So the team is going to be at Children's hospital from 8am to 6pm? I highly doubt it. Practice in the morning, make the PR visit in the afternoon. Its not that difficult to arrange. Besides, wasn't the visit to Children's Hospital yesterday afternoon? What does that have to do with practice today?

Posted by: Jay | October 16, 2007 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, I do really appreciate your blog, but I have come to realize it isn't necessarily the best thing in the world. It gives certain fans more reason to hyperventilate over nothing. In this thread alone people are having a fit that the team is having a day off of practice. In past years that information would never have been available even if a team took a day off after a loss.

People need to get a grip.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | October 16, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Has Eminger been practicing at all? What's his status?

Posted by: strungout | October 16, 2007 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Will Semin play the next game (this Thursday)?

Posted by: johnnyboy | October 16, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse


Obviously you must not read the ten million other boards and blogs out there, as before Tarik's blog existed many other places would know when the team took a day off. In fact, Piney Orchard used to have a phone number you could call that would give a recording indicating whether the team was practicing or not.

You may be fine with your favorite team taking it easy through a tough patch, others (like myself) think this is not a time to go easy on a team that clearly need to practice to get their act together. The saying goes practice makes perfect, and this team needs to develop chemistry clearly as they have looked completely out of sync. Sounds to me like getting a grip is exactly what is needed, instead the grip is actually being loosened.

Posted by: Jay | October 16, 2007 10:52 AM | Report abuse

This is how I understand the Caps injury/not playing/In/Out looks right now..
1)Motzko is still in even though he has been reported as going back to Hershey.
2)Semin is still injured and will not play vs Islanders
3)Eminger is back practising but will sit out the game vs Islanders on thursday
4)Ovechkin has a small injury but will play on thursday
5)Gordon is IN
6)Sutherby and Fleischmann is the guys in green jerseys

This how I think the lines vs Islanders will look like -
1st Ovechkin-Kozlov-Motzko
2nd Backstrom-Nylander-Laich
3rd Pettinger-Gordon-Clark
4th Brashear-Steckel-Bradley
Erskine-Pothier, Poti-Green and Morrisonn-Jurcina


Posted by: Gavle-girl | October 16, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I have to admit that after watching the Buffalo game last night, I now know that they are capable of pouring it on any team whenever they feel like it. When they were down 2-0 with about 10 minutes left I almost turned the game off. Then all hell broke lose and I was on the edge of my seat for the rest of the game. Even my wife, who could care less about hockey, was excited about the last ten minutes and overtime. However, that does not excuse the Caps for their breakdowns against NY and Buffalo. As for the practice situation, I think a little time off is a good thing. One thing that should have been thought of last week was keeping the Caps in NY following their game against the Islanders. Let them practice, get out on the town and hang out. I think that might have kept the team lose and ready for the Rangers. Just my worthless two cents. Peace out my Capital fans!

Posted by: Mitch | October 16, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: ?????????? | October 16, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Another blog mentioned the Caps are at BWI for 'Trade Jobs with Southwest Employees' today... Is that true? I cannot find any updates on the web-site.

Posted by: Tracy | October 16, 2007 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Jay, first off how many people do you think called Piney Orchard on a particular day to check if they had practice? How many people have the ability to come to this blog and others to find out if there is a practice. I assure you that the access to the information is exponentially greater now than those calling Piney Orchard...especially considering the facility is now within visitng distance of so many more fans.

Second, your tough patch consists of two losses over two days on the road. One of which was against a desperate Rangers team (I live in NYC, but can't speak for Sabres state of mind). The team is 3-2 and five games into the season and about to have I believe a four game home stand over 13 days. Which means lots of non-game days. It is also an 82 game season. Why run a team into the ground at practice when you have 77 games left and several key players are nursing injuries. You have some down time, get your guys healthy.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | October 16, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

The hats are awesome-A great holiday gift for anyone-even if they are not a hockey fan.

Posted by: dave | October 16, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I say we bring back Nolan Yonkman. Remember how good he was going to be - 6, 7" of defensive liability. He is now with Milwaukee Admirals. Nice.

Posted by: Finn the Herd | October 16, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

were you at the hospital?

Posted by: MIA? | October 16, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

One person would call Piney. Then the person would post on the Caps boards. Voila, certainly no less than te number of people reading this blog.

Semantics, but the rough patch extends back to the win against the Isles where the team was significantly less than stellar. The point is the team needs to practice to build chemistry, for guys to continue to get used to their new teammates and to the roles they are playing with guys out injured. And that's why the here and now is the important part of the timing, if the team still faces chemistry issues in January things will not be good. You don't have to have the injured guys practice, you have the rest of them practice. Looking forward to seeing the team play on Thursday, we'll see how much the two days off out of five has helped the team.

Posted by: Jay | October 16, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Practice isn't punishment, any more than a day off is a reward. People take this stuff far too seriously, with far too little information to go on.

Posted by: norske | October 16, 2007 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Norske, so you feel they are being rewarded? For what?

Posted by: Jay | October 16, 2007 10:24 PM | Report abuse

You should believe that other blog next time.

Posted by: Just believe them | October 17, 2007 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Jay, I specifically said it wasn't a reward. Not sure how you could have missed that very obvious point.

Posted by: norske | October 17, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

You said "any more than a day off is a reward". They had Sunday and Tuesday off. Therefore I assumed you meant they got a reward as they had more than a day off. Sorry I missed your not very obvious point.

Posted by: Jay | October 18, 2007 11:28 PM | Report abuse

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