My election to Congress in 2009 provided me with the opportunity to fight for my constituents on some of the most pressing issues facing our nation. While I take those responsibilities seriously, my role in Congress has also given me a platform to take my enthusiasm for the world’s greatest sport, hockey, to Capitol Hill.
As a co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Hockey Caucus, I am dedicated to introducing the game to newcomers while promoting hockey as a way to combat childhood obesity and encourage exercise, teamwork, discipline, and commitment. As part of the National Hockey League’s Hockey Is for Everyone initiative, I’ve been proud to work with Chicago Blackhawks Charities and others to spread the game of hockey among youth throughout Chicago. Together, we have expanded access for at-risk youth at the Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club in Chicago and to the LGBT community through the Center on Halsted. Additionally, I’ve been proud to team up on numerous occasions with the USA Warriors, a team comprised of injured and disabled Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, who play hockey as part of their physical recovery efforts.
From programs that bring children together to play in a safe environment, to adult programs that encourage a healthy lifestyle and an outlet for recovery, I truly believe hockey is one of the ways we can make our country stronger.
More on Hockey
Jan 7, 2015 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley spoke about the honor of skating with the USA Warriors and their tribute to Clint Reif at the 2015 Winter Classic.
Oct 21, 2014 In the News
For Rep. Quigley, it's just a matter of continuing to find ways to deliver the game of hockey to kids who have never played it before. He, like the NHL, wants to make hockey accessible for everyone.
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) and a team of Chicago Blackhawks alumni and local celebrities faced off against the USA Warriors Standing Team in a hockey game.
Feb 25, 2014 In the News
"The NHL tells the world that hockey's for everyone, well it's only for everyone if people have access."
Feb 3, 2014 In the News
"We formed the Congressional Hockey Caucus, to advance the game, and for me, principally, that means providing greater access to the sport for all kids."