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.
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May 28, 2010 Press Release
This morning, U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago Blackhawks) and Patrick Murphy (D-Philadelphia Flyers) faced off on the Capitol steps in advance of their hometown teams meeting in Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs tomorrow night.