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USA Warriors Honor Clint Reif

Jan 7, 2015

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke about the honor of skating with the USA Warriors and their tribute to Clint Reif at the 2015 Winter Classic. 

Below is a video and transcript of the speech. 

Thank you Mr. Speaker.

One of my greatest privileges as a Congressman has been spending time with some of our country’s wounded veterans through the USA Warriors Ice Hockey program.

USA Warriors provides education, training, motivation and encouragement for U.S. military members who have been injured while serving.

The same qualities that made them successful in the military – teamwork, perseverance and determination – make them inspiring competitors on the ice. 

Recently, I played with the Warriors and the Chicago Blackhawks at a practice at Nationals Park before the Winter Classic. 

Last week was particularly moving because the Warriors paid tribute to Clint Reif, Chicago Blackhawk’s assistant equipment manager, who passed away on December 21st, by wearing “CR” stickers on their helmets. 

Clint was responsible for getting the Warriors new equipment when they skated with the Blackhawks last season at Soldier Field, and many of the Warriors considered Clint an extended member of their team.

This simple gesture was a fitting tribute to Clint and an extraordinary testament to these veterans who have given us all so much.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Reif family and the entire Chicago Blackhawks organization during these difficult times. 

Thank you and I yield back.