On Capitol Hill, there’s a day and a caucus for everything.
Today is Hockey Day on the Hill, organized by the Congressional Hockey Caucus and the National Hockey League.
Avowed hockey enthusiast John Kerry had his hands full in Ukraine, but a bipartisan group of ice-lovers gathered this morning in the Rayburn Building to promote hockey as a therapeutic way of helping injured veterans.
“I’m an advanced beginner,” said caucus member Rep. Larry Bucshon, an Indiana Republican, who has been playing for the past 12 years, recruited into the sport by his children.
Tonight he and Reps. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.), Lee Terry (R-Neb.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) , Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), and Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) will compete against lobbyists in the 2014 Congressional Hockey Challenge.
Among the lobbyists in the lineup are Nick Lewis from UPS, and Seth Webb from Google.
— Patrick Meehan (@RepMeehan) March 5, 2014
The lawmakers will get an assist from Canadian members of Parliament flying in for the game, which will take place at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the practice place for the Washington Capitals.
The game will raise money for the NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarship.
Former Capitals and hockey legends Peter Bondra will be playing for Team Congress, while Alan May will help Team Lobbyist.
Despite the big names, Bucshon says ego stays out of the rink: “We stay focused on the game, and don’t get involved in the politics too much. Once we’re on the ice, we’re just hockey players, not politicians.”