Vice President Joe Biden defended his support for the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup playoff during a campaign event in Chicago on Monday. 

Biden, who was born in Scranton, Pa. and makes his home in Wilmington, Del., said that his wife would never let him off the hook if he didn't voice his backing for Philadelphia's hockey team.

“This looks like a jury box right here,” he said, pointing to a reserved VIP section, according to a pool report. “I have to tell you I am guilty as charged. I am a Philadelphia Flyers fan and I make no bones about it. I was a Flyers fan before, but then I married a Phily girl [Dr. Jill Biden]. Philadelphia fans are the most, uh, most persistent fans in the world. My wife is counted among them."

The Flyers were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks in six games to take pro hockey's championship. A number of Chicago-area politicians were at the event, but Biden singled out one, Rep. Mike Quigley (D), who is an avid fan of the 'Hawks. 

"Mike, Mike Quigley, it’s a simple proposition," he said. "I root fervently for the Flyers or I sleep alone. It’s not a hard call. It’s not a hard call at all. That was one hell of a series, though."

According to the report, Biden added that his wife’s travels with him to Africa prevented her from attending the decisive game six in Philadelphia, which he said she believed the Flyers would have won if she had attended.

About 200 people were in attendance for the event for Dan Seals, who is running for the open seat of Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) Kirk is the GOP nominee for the state's open Senate seat, which was formerly held by President Barack Obama.