Quigley Statement on Neal Henderson’s Selection for the Hockey Hall of Fame
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), co-chair of the Congressional Hockey Caucus, released the following statement in reaction to the announcement that Coach Neal Henderson will become the first African American inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame:
“Coach Neal Henderson’s selection for the Hockey Hall of Fame is an outstanding achievement that honors a lifetime of dedication to sharing hockey with his community. Over forty years ago, Coach Henderson began renting ice time for kids in his neighborhood. Over time, he expanded to buying skates, pads, and other equipment and has now spent the last decades leading the Fort Dupont Cannons, the first minority hockey program in the country. Thanks to the Cannons and the team of volunteers built by Coach Henderson, over 1,000 underserved and minority children have been given the opportunity to play ice hockey.
“Coach Henderson’s impact hasn’t ended in Fort Dupont. His program has become a model for other programs across the country and the Coach himself has spent countless hours offering guidance to new programs. Through his mission, his generosity of spirit, and his dedication to making hockey accessible to everyone, he has touched countless lives.
“As a life-long fan of hockey, I am thrilled that Coach Henderson is being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Thank you, Coach Henderson, for your dedication to the positive values at the heart of the support, and for your decades of commitment to your community and to hockey itself.”