Dave Fay was a long-time writer for the Washington Times who covered the Caps for more than 20 years until his passing in 2007 from cancer. He was among the best in his profession, a winner of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for hockey journalism that earned him a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
In tribute to Fay’s work as a hockey journalist and his contributions to hockey, and to contribute to efforts to fight cancer, three Caps fans -- Gavin Toner, Rob Keaton, and Ben Wilson -- founded “Put Cancer on Ice,” the banner under which monthly benefit games were held and the annual "Dave Fay Memorial Classic" game was played. The annual "Dave Fay Memorial Classic" game pitted teams of Caps fans (and occasionally, the odd former Cap) from Virginia and Maryland against each other during which hockey-related items were auctioned for charity. The game was played annually in July in 2007, 2008 and 2009 until circumstances put the game into hiatus. But this year the game returns. The particulars for the game are as follows:
The Dave Fay Memorial Hockey Game and Charity Auction
Date: Saturday, July 23, 2011
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Place: Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, VA
The silent auction items already listed are impressive, indeed, featuring items signed by a number of Capitals, as well as other NHL and Hershey Bears items. There will be much more going on, both on and off the ice, all in the name of charity. You can get more information at the "Dave Fay Memorial Hockey Game" page on Facebook and at the "Put Cancer on Ice" page on Facebook.
If satisfying your hockey fix is what you need, you aren’t going to do better – or do better for a worthy cause – than marking your calendar for the Dave Fay Memorial Hockey Game on July 23rd.