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by brianmetzer on 10/04/11 at 11:25 AM ET
It isn’t often that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are on the same team in any cause. In fact, they are probably two of the biggest rivals in the National Hockey League, however there is one cause that is big enough to bring these two Eastern Conference foes together—raising funds for the families of those lost in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl disaster. The teams have announced a joint effort to raise money for the families of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl who lost so much in the plane crash Sept. 7 in Russia.
Pens and Caps players will wear jerseys with commemorative Lokomotiv patches at the Oct. 13 game, then autograph the game-worn and game-issued jerseys afterward and auction them off at nhl.com. All proceeds will benefit the Lokomotiv players’ children and families.
“We compete against each other hard on the ice, but off the ice we all are part of one big hockey family,” Penguins General Manager Ray Shero said. “Many of our players had friends on the Lokomotiv team. All of us in hockey were touched by this tragic loss. We just thought the Oct. 13 game was a unique opportunity for our two teams to work together to raise money for the children and families of the players, coaches and staff who lost their lives.”
Russian players Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins and Alexander Ovechkin of the Capitals will participate in a ceremonial opening faceoff. The auction will begin at puck drop on Oct. 13 and run through Oct. 27 at nhl.com.
Wives and girlfriends of the Pens and Caps players also will be selling remembrance bracelets to benefit the Lokomotiv families. The Caps’ event will take place at their home opener on Oct. 8 against Carolina at Verizon Center. The Pens’ event will coincide with the Oct. 13 game.
I am sure that this isn’t the last event of its kind that we will see around the league, as just about every team was effected in one way or another by the tragedy.
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