Dave Fay has been absent from Washington’s hockey landscape for almost a year now, and I still think of him fondly and frequently.
He was in my thoughts constantly as the Capitals barreled down the stretch of the 2007-08 season and squeaked into the playoffs. I thought of him at Alex Ovechkin’s post-hardware party at Teatro Goldoni the week before last, wondering what he would have thought of the event. I thought of him often at the NHL Entry Draft this past weekend. Bengt Gustafsson was one of Dave’s all-time favorite Caps; Dave told me repeatedly that until Ovechkin came along, “Gus” was the most talented player ever to pull on a Capitals sweater.
Dave would have been happy and proud to see the Caps select Gus’s son Anton in the first round of the draft on Friday night.
After a long battle with cancer, Dave passed away last July. The good folks at Put Cancer On Ice held a memorial benefit game in his honor last summer, and they will do so again this summer. Here’s the press release:
June 23, 2008 – Washington, DC — Put Cancer On Ice™ (PCOI) has announced that the Second Annual Dave Fay Memorial Hockey game will be held Saturday July 19, 2008 at 8:30 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia.
Additionally this year, PCOI will hold a silent auction for authentic, autographed Capitals items including a Nicklas Backstrom jersey and a Young Guns signed and framed poster.
“Last year’s event was successful on many fronts and everyone had a great time despite the sad circumstances,” explained Gavin Toner, one of the co-chair’s of Put Cancer on Ice. “Our regular monthly games have grown in participation and the Maryland versus Virginia format gives us all a chance for some good natured competition,” he continues.
“We are honored and excited to again hold this event in recognition of Dave Fay. His support of our sport and unbiased, reliable reporting of the Washington Capitals made him a favorite of players and fans alike. Dave’s untimely passing from cancer last year was a loss for so many and we are pleased to again donate all proceeds from this event to Hockey Fights Cancer,” offers Rob Keaton, co-chair.
Put Cancer On Ice™ and the monthly charity hockey games came to be through the combined efforts of Keaton, Toner and third co-chair, Ben Wilson, after discussions on the Washington Capitals message boards. The 2007 Dave Fay Memorial raised nearly $2,000.00. With the addition of the silent auction and the expected increase in attendance, PCOI hopes to raise in excess of $4,000 this July 19th.
“We decided that if we were going to get a bunch of folks from the boards to play together, we felt it should certainly benefit something positive. Since each of us has known someone with- or lost someone to-cancer, Hockey Fights Cancer seemed like the perfect charity,” explains Toner.
“This event is something we each feel passionate about for so many reasons,” offers Keaton, a long-time Capitals fan. “We have each tapped our own area of expertise to bring this event to fruition and we are looking forward to an evening of great hockey and fundraising. What will continue to make this event successful is the participation of fans and donations of generous individuals and organizations throughout the community.”
We invite you to come out and watch the game and cheer on your home team as they play to win Lord Brown’s Boot and support the fight against cancer. There is no admission fee to watch the game, but donations are always appreciated.
Contact: Tiffany D. Keaton
Put Cancer On Ice
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