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.