- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 5, 2001

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
SPECIAL STICK Left wing Peter Bondra was presented with a silver stick to recognize his accomplishment in breaking the club goal-scoring record. Friday night Bondra scored his 398th goal as a Cap, one more than Mike Gartner. The presentation was made before the Caps-Rangers game by majority owner Ted Leonsis and general manager George McPhee.
Silver sticks are presented in hockey in recognition of outstanding accomplishments.
FUND GROWING The Caps and youth hockey in the area have raised more than $43,000 for the United Way's September 11 Fund. The money has been raised through the distribution of a patch featuring the memorial ribbon and the words "United We Stand," according to Chris Lewis, manager of fan development and alumni relations for the Caps. A minimum donation of $10 was requested for each patch, and more than 5,000 have been distributed, Lewis said.
JUST HELPIN' OUT Before the game, Caps center Adam Oates had 981 career assists, 19 short of his goal of 1,000. As it is, he is ninth on the all-time list, less than 10 behind Steve Yzerman, but Yzerman is still active and still piling up helpers. At his current pace, the 39-year-old Oates will have 59 assists this season to give him 1,022 for his career, and then he will start to move into rarified territory, moving aside the likes of Marcel Dionne and Gordie Howe as he climbs the ladder.
Dave Fay

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