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Illinois Rep. Quigley Hosts “Hockey Day on the Hill”

by Office of Congressman Mike Quigley / Chicago Blackhawks

WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05) hosted “Hockey Day on the Hill” at the U.S. Capitol to celebrate the game of hockey and honor a special guest, the Stanley Cup, the oldest and most revered trophy in all professional sports.

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The afternoon began with Quigley officiating a ceremonial puck drop featuring Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD-8) to commemorate the upcoming 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic outdoor game between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 1 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will mark the fourth consecutive season the NHL has played a regular season outdoor game on New Year’s Day, now an annual tradition.

Youth hockey players from the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club, Capitol police officers, student pages, and Wounded Warriors posed for photos with the Stanley Cup on the Capitol steps

The Cup also toured some of Washington’s monuments, posing for pictures in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and White House.

Rep. Quigley (middle) drops the puck for Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD-8) and Sean Joyce (left) in preparation for the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

Rep. Quigley poses with the Stanley Cup and members of the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey club on the Capitol steps.

Quigley, who is an avid Chicago Blackhawks fan and plays hockey twice a week, spoke on the House floor the morning after the Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship and introduced a resolution honoring the team.
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