Lawmakers beat lobbyists at charity hockey game

Team Lawmakers beat Team Lobbyists 4-3 on Wednesday night to win the 11th annual Congressional Hockey Challenge for the third year in a row.

The event, which was held at Capital One Arena, brings the National Hockey League and businesses together to raise money for organizations that help veterans, inner-city youth and the disabled play hockey.

The game was a high-scoring affair, and even though some of the lawmakers and lobbyists had to shakily make their way up and down the ice, a competitive game.

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The teams appeared evenly matched with neither side pulling ahead by more than a goal during the first two periods.

The game changed with 7 minutes left in the third period, when Rep. Mike QuigleyMichael (Mike) Bruce QuigleyHouse lawmakers roll out bill to make court records free Lawmakers beat lobbyists at charity hockey game Dem: 'Disheartening' that Republicans who 'stepped up' to defend Mueller are leaving MORE (D-Ill.) streaked down the ice and helped pull off a quick assist that lead to a goal. That put Team Lawmakers up 4-2. Team Lobbyists fought back hard to get another goal, before eventually falling 4-3.

The lawmaker team included eight members of Congress and also participants from the administration. The lobbyist team included some prominent K Street names, including Geoff Freeman of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Kathleen Black, director of government relations for Coca-Cola, and Nick Lewis, senior vice president of federal legislative affairs for UPS.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman hailed the event and its focus on giving back to the community.

“Over the past 10 years, the Congressional Hockey Challenge has made a significant impact in making hockey more accessible, especially through its support of minority youth and wounded warriors programs," Bettman said in a statement.

"The life skills, character development and positive mental and physical benefits that come from playing team sports –  and hockey in particular – are invaluable," he added. "We applaud the organizers’ efforts to raise much needed funds to support initiatives that grow the sport of hockey and foster an inclusive culture where hockey is for everyone.

The night before the big game, the two teams met with young people from the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club, one of the organizations the event supports.

The action on the ice was matched by the enthusiasm on the sidelines, as colleagues of the game's participants cheered them on.

Noticeable was one group on the sidelines all wearing red hats and at times jumping up and down, ringing large cowbells. The ringleaders of the group were Reps. John ShimkusJohn Mondy ShimkusDems slam EPA plan for fighting drinking water contaminants Lawmakers beat lobbyists at charity hockey game Ocasio-Cortez unveils Green New Deal climate resolution MORE (R-Ill.) and Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyLawmakers beat lobbyists at charity hockey game Democrats step up work to get Trump tax returns Texas governor, top lawmakers tell Trump not to use hurricane relief funds to build border wall MORE (R-Texas).

“We made [these hats] for our two roommates [Reps.] Erik PaulsenErik Philip PaulsenLawmakers beat lobbyists at charity hockey game The 8 House Republicans who voted against Trump’s border wall Minnesota New Members 2019 MORE [R-Minn.] and Pete StauberPeter (Pete) Allen StauberLawmakers beat lobbyists at charity hockey game MORE [R-Minn.], they’re on the ice tonight,” said Brady. “It’s a great cause and we’re backing our team all the way.”

Stauber, a freshman lawmaker, was a former professional hockey player, who once signed a contract with the Detroit Red Wings and played in the minor leagues.

Brady said the cowbells were their way of making sure everyone knew who they supported.

“We did small cowbells last year and small air horns,” said Brady. “So, this year we had more cowbell.”