About the Capital Cup: The Capital Cup for Kids is an adult hockey tournament that started in 2010 with 4 local teams and approximately 60 participants. In 2011, the organizers brought the team captains together and asked them to make the event more than a good time on the ice and they discussed the concept of making it a charity event. They decided that the event would benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Albany. In its first year as a charitable event, over $7,000 was raised.
In 2012 the event was moved to Troy’s Knickerbocker Arena and expanded to eight teams and 120 players. A lofty goal of $20,000 was set. Event organizers dedicated the event to the expansion project that was just underway at the House. Thanks to a challenge grant, each dollar raised by Capital Cup participants was matched by Cohoes, NY based charity Building on Love. All told over $27,000 was raised. With the match funds included, the event raised over $54,000 towards the expansion project.
In 2013, organizers added another four teams, bringing the total number of teams to 12 and participant total to 180. The 2013 Capital Cup for Kids benefited RMHC’s Families First Fund. This fund is dedicated to providing direct support to the children/families that utilize the Ronald McDonald House of Albany, Ronald McDonald Family Room in the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program operated in partnership with St. Peter’s Health Care Services. Each team was assigned a past or current Ronald McDonald House child to serve as their honorary captain.
In 2014, two additional teams were added and we divided the teams into a Master’s Flight of four teams (age 50+) and an Adult B Flight consisting of eight teams. Once again, the event benefited our Families First and Share A Night Fund and each team played for an honorary captain.
2015 once again brought an expanded event, with two additional teams added. Dozens of RMH kids and their families visited the participants and our community rallied once again, raising over $80,000.
2016 once again featured 16 teams and raised nearly $100,000! In what is considered the best moment in Cap Cup history, the captains got together and made it possible for a bone marrow donor from Florida to meet the 5 year old boy he helped save at the event!
2017 set a new fundraising record of $124,000 and saw an expanded Family Day on Saturday with on-site catering, fun and games for kids and a record number of Honorary Captain visits! Incredibly, one of our Honorary Captains was able to text with Pittsburgh Penguins Captain and NHL legend Sidney Crosby during a game!
Our 2018 event took place at the Albany County Hockey Facility and featured 20 teams and raised an incredible $164,000!
RMHC would like to salute:
Our volunteer event co-chairs; John Doolittle and Jake Dumensil
Our 2018 team captains; Dave Miller, Erik Budrakey, Andy Rosen, Larry Coon, Scott Ramundo, Kevin Kennedy, Chris Manzella, Josh Risler, Don Ferlazzo, Steve Valiquette, Mike Lashaway, Pat Valiquette Sr., Ed Woltman, Bill Hollister, Stan Pike, Mike Peterson, Brian Kelley, Tom Murley, Greg Comora, Tim Hamilton and TJ Ferguson.
As well as Paul Hebert and the professional staff at the Albany County Hockey Facility, and the 339 men and women who took to the ice to support the 2018 Capital Cup for Kids.