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Capitals Host Salute to the Military Night

March 15, 2019
ARLINGTON, VA – The Washington Capitals hosted their 17th annual Salute to the Military Night on Feb. 7 during the game against the Colorado Avalanche at Capital One Arena.

Salute to the Military Night is an evening dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served the country in the armed forces.

More than 500 service members attended Thursday’s game. With the support of corporate sponsors the Capitals have provided thousands of complimentary tickets to military personnel and their dependents the past 17 seasons.

The Capitals paid tribute to the military throughout the evening through in-game and intermission activities.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation raised $57,350 for United Heroes League and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) through a Military Night auction. During pregame warm-ups the Capitals wore camouflage jerseys, which were signed and auctioned off by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation. Additional items in the auction included autographed player-used sticks wrapped in camouflage tape, autographed pucks and a framed, team military night puck set with a puck signed by each player and coach.

After the game American Caps players John Carlson, Phoenix Copley, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik and T.J. Oshie met with more than 30 TAPS family members.

M. Sgt. Caleb Green (Ret.) and Sgt. Major Bob McDonald performed the national anthem. The Capitals youth hockey flag tunnel and mites on ice were comprised of players from Navy Youth Hockey. The second intermission featured the USA Warriors sled hockey team in a skills exhibition. 

Salute to the Military Night is made possible by the support of partners including United Associates, Boeing, Tanium, Liuna, Hitachi Federal, Honeywell, General Atomics, Iridium, Lockheed Martin, Answer, Baker Donelson, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.

United Heroes League

United Heroes League actively works to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in sports. The organization has provided more than $10 million worth of free sports equipment, game tickets, cash grants and summer camps to military families across the United States and Canada. United Heroes League wants to ensure that all 5 million military kids are able to develop critical life skills through sports and has inspired more than 110 professional athletes and over 30 sports franchises to lend their name and support to their organization. To find out more please visit them on the web at www.UnitedHeroesLeague.org.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the leading national organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. Since 1994, TAPS has offered support to more than 85,000 survivors of fallen military in the form of peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, casework assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to  www.taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).