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U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductees honored before Capitals-Bruins game

Thomas, Gionta, Wendell-Pohl, Henderson participate in ceremonial puck drop

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

2019 U.S. Hockey HOF puck drop

BOS@WSH: Capitals honor 2019 U.S. Hockey HOF class

Members of the 2019 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class participate in a ceremonial puck drop before the Capitals host the Bruins

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The United States Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 was given a hero's welcome in the nation's capital Wednesday.

Tim Thomas, Brian Gionta, Krissy Wendell-Pohl and Neal Henderson were honored as the inductees by the crowd at Capital One Arena before the Washington Capitals-Boston Bruins game.

Thomas, Gionta, Wendell-Pohl and Henderson will join NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to be inducted on Thursday in Washington. Thomas and Gionta helped the 2011 Bruins and 2003 New Jersey Devils, respectively, to a Stanley Cup championship, and Wendell-Pohl was a two-time Olympic medalist. Henderson, a D.C. native, helped found the region's Fort Dupont Cannons hockey program.

Thomas, Gionta, Wendell-Pohl and Henderson received a rousing ovation from the crowd in Washington before each dropped the puck for Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Zdeno Chara of the Bruins.

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