Caps chip in to help Hurricane Irma evacuees


The Capitals donated thousands of bottles of water and sports drinks to a hurricane shelter in Southwest Florida over the weekend, a team official confirmed.

The team had recently shipped 90 cases of water and 40 cases of Gatorade shipped to Estero, Fla., for use by the organization’s prospects, who had been scheduled to participate in a rookie tournament Sept. 8-12. 

That tournament, however, had to be called off last Wednesday due to concerns about Hurricane Irma, which tore through the area on Saturday and Sunday.

The Capitals opted to leave the supplies at Germain Arena in Estero for residents who had evacuated their homes. In recent days, the 8,500-seat venue—and home to the minor league Florida Everblades—has been used as a shelter.

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