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The NHL's annual Hockey Fights Cancer event comes to DC this Wednesday - here's how you can join the fight, Wednesday night and all year long.

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Their successful trip through Western Canada complete, the Capitals have been rewarded with a couple of days off before their next game, a Wednesday night match-up against the Pittsburgh Penguins. That Wednesday game will also be the Caps' turn to host Hockey Fights Cancer night, part of a League-wide initiative dedicated to raising awareness and funds to battle cancer of every kind.

That means that there's a lot of time off before the next game can be played. It's a long wait for more hockey - but that doesn't mean you have to wait until Wednesday to get involved and join the fight against diseases that have touched everyone in some way or another.

So why not put this time off to good use? There are plenty of things you, your friends and your family can do to make a difference in peoples' lives. Here are just a few:

And of course, be sure to participate in all of the events on Wednesday night. Bid on the special jerseys to be worn by the players during warmups (as well as Braden Holtby's mask), donate through Hockey Fights Cancer or make a pledge at r/Caps HFC to join the Caps, the NHL and all of us in this fight.

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Special thanks to Aaron Becker for this wonderful, and important, idea to help us spread awareness. You may remember Aaron's son Sam, who got to be a Cap for a day last year thanks to the combined efforts of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Capitals. Sam will be welcomed back to Verizon Center Wednesday night - now 16 months cancer free!

Best wishes from all of us at Japers' Rink to Sam, Aaron and their whole family and extended community.

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Sam honoring the captain with a handshake last year (courtesy of Aaron Becker)