NHL: The Washington Capitals on Monday announced several initiatives in support of the You Can Play Project, which is "dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation and/or gender identity." Select players will use rainbow-colored "Pride Tape" on their sticks during practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 23. Goalie Braden Holtby, a champion of the LGBTQ community who marched in last year's Capital Pride Parade, will wear an "equality-themed mask" during the game against Edmonton the following night. The rainbow-taped sticks and Holtby's mask, which features the You Can Play and Hockey is for Everyone logos, will be autographed by the participating players and sold via auction, with all of the proceeds benefiting You Can Play. ... The Capitals reassigned goalie Joe Cannata from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League to the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League.