As we celebrate the Capitals' 40th anniversary, let's take a moment to...
Caps Alumni Sweep at the Second “Hockey 4 Hope” Fundraiser Game
While the current Washington Capitals were taking on the Boston Bruins up in Beantown, a collection of retired players took on three teams in three hours at the Gardens Ice House as part of the Hockey 4 Hope fundraiser. Like their younger counterparts, the former-NHLers walked away with victory. Theirs was just a bit more decisive, and involved more laughter than glass-shattering body checks.
The Caps also had better uniforms, as this year’s NHL Alumni jerseys were held up in customs for unspecified reasons. They are currently sitting in Cincinnati, OH, along with the jerseys for the combined PG County Fire & Police Department team (team #3 of the evening).
Everyone who took the ice today did so to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis Research and youth cancer programs at Georgetown University Hospital. The goal was to entertain. They succeeded. In addition to the period match-ups, a silent auction was held to benefit the associated charities. Items ranged from gift cards to autographed hockey memorabilia, including an Alexander Ovechkin 2011 All Star Jersey. Below, you’ll find the results of the various match-ups and a full roster of attending NHLers. A more complete photo gallery can be found here.
The US Naval Academy Alumni were the first to take on the “Home” team, and they made a respectable showing. The end score for the period was 6-3, with Peter Bondra registering a hat trick and Mitch Lamoureux earning two separate trips to the penalty box (Hooking, Tripping).
The U.S. Secret Service team was next, and while the pace of the game was faster, the end result was a bit uglier for the visitors: 7-1 in favor of the alumni, despite Yvon Labre‘s best attempts to help by earning two minor penalties, one of them resulting in a penalty shot (stopped by goaltender Dave Parro).
The final matchup was with a combination team, members pulled from the Prince George’s County Fire Fighters & Police Department. While Bondra had to leave early due to a personal conflict, he still managed to get on the scoresheet for a goal in the 9-1 victory (bringing his total for the afternoon to 5G + 3A = 8 Points). Paul Mulvey and Alan Hangsleben both helped things along as well, each earning a hat trick in addition to their earlier contributions.
NHL Participants (in order of jersey ##):
1 – Dave Parro (G)
5 – Gordie Lane
6 – Alan May (2G + 4A = 6 Points)
7 – Yvon Labre (1G + 2A = 3 Points, 6PIM)
8 – Paul Mulvey (5G + 4A = 9 Points)
9 – Blair Stewart (1G + 3A = 4 Points)
10 – Alan Hangsleben (4G + 2A = 6 Points, 2PIM)
11 – Gary Rissling (3 Assists)
12 – Peter Bondra (5G + 3A = 8 Points)
13 – Mark Heaslip (1 Assist)
14 – Joe Reekie (2 Assists)
16 – Errol Rausse (1G + 1A = 2 Points)
17 – Sylvain Cote (1 Assist)
18 – Mitch Lamoureux (1 Goal, 4 PIM)
19 – Glen Irwin (1G + 3A = 4 Points)
30 – Nelson Burton (1 Assist))