The Stanley Cup is making another trip to Washington, this time as part of the Congressional Hockey Caucus taking place Tuesday and Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
The two-day event will be capped by the 8th Annual Congressional Hockey Challenge, Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET, when lawmakers face lobbyists at the Washington Capitals' practice facility, Kettler Center in Arlington, Va.
Less than two weeks after President Barack Obama hosted the Chicago Blackhawks to honor their 2015 championship team, the Stanley Cup was scheduled to arrive Tuesday afternoon at the office of Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL.) ahead of the Congressional Hockey Challenge Reception, which includes a private dinner.
On Wednesday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will serve as a panelist along with Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean and former NCAA college hockey player Michelle McGann in a discussion entitled "From the Ice to the Classroom: Hockey's Many Lessons for Our Students."
Members of Congress, Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA), Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), will be making brief remarks.
Following the hearing, a photo opportunity with the Stanley Cup will take place at The Capitol and at the office of Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL).
The Congressional Hockey Challenge is aligned closely with the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative, a unique program providing support to nonprofit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children of all backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to play hockey. Through this collaboration, participating lawmakers and lobbyists will have the opportunity to raise funds for their individual state's hockey programs