Arlington, Va. – The Washington Capitals and Caps Gaming hosted the first-ever American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) Esports Challenge on the Capitals Twitch Channel on Sunday, June 6. A total of 48 special hockey athletes from 48 cities across the United States and Canada played EA SPORTS™ NHL® 21 in an adaptive virtual tournament that raised $70,000 for ASHA programming. The broadcast saw 143,128 live viewers.
Each player represented their home ASHA teams to compete for prizes and raise awareness toward special hockey. The Capitals were joined by nine other NHL clubs and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C. in supporting the event. The tournament followed seven weeks of practice and 960 volunteer hours contributed.
NHL esports athlete and Bauer athlete Andrew “Nasher” Telfer hosted the event and was joined by guest stars in support of the special hockey athletes. In addition, 16 of the top EA SPORTS™ NHL® 21 competitive players volunteered to coach a team, guiding the athletes each step of the way from setting up their console to scoring their first goal. A dozen celebrity coaches and mascots from 10 NHL Teams also participated in the challenge to support the esports athletes.
Fans were invited to support special hockey by texting “ASHA esports” to 71777. Each ASHA esports Challenge athlete was raising funds in support of their home special hockey team. All proceeds will benefit special hockey programming. In recognition of its longstanding support for ASHA’s mission and