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Back in September, the hockey world was completely blindsided by the horrible tragedy that struck Lokomotiv Yaroslavi of the Kontinental Hockey League. Yesterday, two organizations in the NHL helped launch a support campaign for all those affected in the tragedy. Titled "Love For Lokomotiv", the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins decided to dedicate their game last night in honor of the fallen. The game began with a ceremonial face-off between Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin, with Penguins team owner and former player Mario Lemieux dropping the puck. They also were approved by league officials to wear a commemorative Lokomotiv patch on their jerseys. Following the heated (Capitals 3-2 OT Win) match, each player signed their game worn jersey and handed it over to the NHL to put the jerseys up for auction with 100% of the proceeds going to the support campaign.

In addition to auctioning jerseys, both teams' better halves raised money to support the campaign by selling silicone memory bracelets during the Capitals home opener (On Oct. 8th) and during the game last night in Pittsburgh. So far, the Capitals have raised more than $7,000 in their efforts. The numbers from last night's game have not been released yet.

If you'd like to bid on the jerseys that are up for auction, you can do so on the NHL supported auction site. If you find yourself lucky enough to win a bid on a jersey, you could see autheticity patches sewn into each jersey. The Penguins jerseys will include these patches sewn in by head equipment manager Dana Heinze.

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To bid on (Away White) Washington Capitals Jerseys
To bid on (Home Black) Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys


If the jerseys are a little out of your price range, you can still donate to the cause. The founders of this campaign are selling two different kinds of memory bracelets. The first is a prayer jade beaded bracelet that has sizes for kids and adults. Prices for this first bracelet are $50 for adults and $25 for kids. The second memory bracelet is made out of silicone and can be purchased for $10. According to the website, orders for the prayer bracelet are made to order and take 7-10 days.

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If you can support this cause in any way, I encourage you to please do so.

Additional Links:

Love For Lokomotiv Website
KHL Website
Players and Wives Show "Love for Lokomotiv" [Penguins]