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 QuigleyDemocrats to plow ahead with Trump probes post-acquittal Transgender detainees need protection — a letter from lawmakers doesn't provide it Lawmakers to call on ICE to release all transgender detainees 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 ShimkusExperts criticize EPA Lead and Copper Rule revisions Pelosi-Trump relationship takes turn for the terrible Conservative Club for Growth backs Texas House Republican's primary challenger MORE (R-Ill.) and Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyDemocrats, GOP spar over Treasury rules on Trump tax law Ex-HHS chief threatens to vote 'no' on surprise medical billing measure Bipartisan Ways and Means leaders unveil measure to stop surprise medical bills MORE (R-Texas).

“We made [these hats] for our two roommates [Reps.] Erik PaulsenErik Philip PaulsenPass USMCA Coalition drops stance on passing USMCA Two swing-district Democrats raise impeachment calls after whistleblower reports Hopes dim for passage of Trump trade deal MORE [R-Minn.] and Pete StauberPeter (Pete) Allen StauberGOP lawmakers offer new election security measure Hold off on anti-mining hysteria until the facts are in Overnight Health Care: Lawmakers get deal to advance long-stalled drug pricing bill | House votes to condemn Trump's anti-ObamaCare push | Eight House Republicans join with Dems | Trump officials approve Medicaid expansion in Maine 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.”