Caps to Thank Fans / More Team News

April 02, 2009 | Ed Frankovic

Capitals to Host Fan Appreciation Week, April 5 – 11

The Washington Capitals will host Fan Appreciation Week during the final week of the regular season, April 5 – 11, 2009. Full of giveaways, contests and events surrounding the team’s last regular-season home game and last week of the regular season the celebration thanks Caps fans for their support throughout the year.

Fan Appreciation Week begins with Washington’s final regular-season home game on Sunday, April 5 against Atlanta and concludes Saturday, April 11. Monday, April 6 starts the online “Jerseys Off Our Backs” giveaways which run until Friday, April 10 when the same online giveaways will conclude at 2 p.m. with one lucky online winner receiving a game-worn signed Alex Ovechkin jersey.

Capitals prizes, which include autographed items, will be given away on beginning on Monday, April 6. The online raffle will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day Monday through Friday, April 10. As a special thank you, season-ticket holders automatically will be entered to win, while all other fans will need to register at Winners will be selected at random and will be announced online at the top of every hour. At 2 p.m. each day one lucky fan will win a jersey that will be worn by a Caps player during the team’s final regular-season home game on Sunday, April 5.

When the Capitals take on the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday, April 5 at Verizon Center there will be special spirit stations set up throughout the concourse for fans to make their own signs. All fans in attendance will receive a Caps beach towel, sponsored by Chevy Chase Bank, upon entrance to the game. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis will be welcoming fans at the arena’s main entrance on F Street and Capitals’ alumni will be signing autographs on the main concourse. Face painting, spirit stations, and other forms of entertainment will be located in and around the arena prior to puck drop. There will be a Fan Appreciation Stick Sale at section 119. Fans can buy Caps new and used sticks for up to 40% off.

The evening will conclude with the team’s “Jerseys Off Our Backs” giveaway, as the Capitals will autograph and present their game-worn jerseys to randomly selected fans at the conclusion of the game. Other notable prizes to be given away include Sharp Aquos LCD televisions, 600 large one-topping Papa John’s pizzas, team-signed jerseys, pucks and sticks, DC Lottery Deal or No Deal Scratchers and gift certificates from ESPN Zone, Hard Times Café, Mamma Lucia and Wendy’s. Winners will be announced during the game on the video board.

Caps Still Haven’t Clinched Southeast Division Title

Since Carolina defeated the New York Rangers, 4-2, on Thursday night, Washington still needs a point to clinch the Southeast Division Title. The Caps host Buffalo on Friday night, but more importantly, they are battling the New Jersey Devils for 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and hold a three point lead with five games to go. The Devils host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday before traveling to Buffalo on Saturday.

Montreal moved into 7th place in the standings with their 5-1 win over the Islanders tonight. Meanwhile, Carolina is all the way up to 4th place in the East holding a one point lead (93 points) over both the Flyers (Philly has 2 games in hand) and the Penguins (Pittsburgh has 1 game in hand). The Rangers are now in 8th place, just two points ahead of the Florida Panthers who have a game in hand on New York. This race is razor tight and Buffalo is still in it heading into the Caps game on Friday (they have 6 games left and likely need to win all of them).

Hershey’s Keith Aucoin, Alexandre Giroux Named to AHL First All-Star Team

The American Hockey League (AHL) announced today that center Keith Aucoin and left wing Alexandre Giroux have been named to the 2008-09 AHL First All-Star Team, as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 29 member cities.

Aucoin, 30, a Waltham, Mass., native leads the AHL in points (94) and assists (69) in 69 games. He was selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October after picking up 18 points to lead the league in scoring. His October run also included an eight-game point scoring streak from Oct. 8-26, where he accumulated 17 points with five goals and 12 assists.  Aucoin joined the AHL’s 500-point club on Feb. 14 and is seeking his first AHL scoring title after three top-10 finishes. He was also named to the AHL’s All-Star game representing PlanetUSA AHL All-Stars, his fourth All-Star appearance.

This is Aucoin’s first First Team All-Star nomination after being named a Second Team All-Star in 2006 and 2007.

Giroux, 27, a Quebec City, Quebec, native was named to his first First Team All-Star roster as well. He is second to Aucoin in AHL scoring with 91 points (55g-36a) in 64 games. His 55 goals mark the highest single-season total in Hershey’s 71-year history and represent a career high. He registered a 23-point scoring streak from Nov. 15 to Jan. 30, which included his league-record 15-game goal-scoring streak. He was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for January after he scored 18 goals and nine assists in 15 games. Giroux was also named to his second All-Star Game as a member of the Canadian AHL All-Stars team, where he registered a goal.

Aucoin and Giroux are joined on the First Team roster by Manitoba Moose goaltender Cory Schneider, Providence Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk, Philadelphia Phantoms defenseman Danny Syvret and Hartford Wolf Pack right wing Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau. The Second All-Star Team is made up of Milwaukee Admirals goaltender Drew MacIntyre and defenseman Cody Franson, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy and left wing Janne Pesonen, Manitoba Moose center Jason Krog and Grand Rapids Griffins right wing Darren Haydar.