The Capitals and Penguins yesterday announced a joint project to raise funds for the families of the KHL’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the team that died in a plane crash on Sept. 7 in Russia.
Players from both teams will wear jerseys with commemorative Lokomotiv patches during their first meeting of the 2011-12 season, Oct. 13 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, that will be autographed and auctioned off at NHL.com. All proceeds will benefit the families of the Lokomotiv team.
The auction begins at puck drop and will run through Oct. 27.
There will also be a ceremonial opening faceoff for the contest, between Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. Wives and girlfriends of Capitals and Penguins players will also be selling remembrance bracelets to benefit the Lokomotiv families as well.