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Bettman, Leonsis will meet with Congress members for Hockey Caucus Briefing on Wednesday

Apr 22, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean are scheduled to join members of Congress for a Congressional Hockey Caucus Briefing on Wednesday in Capitol Hill.

According to the press release, the briefing’s focus will be on “the state of hockey in the U.S., including instructional hockey and safety in youth sports.” More specifically, the briefing will review USA Hockey’s American Developmental Model (ADM).

The meeting also serves as the moment where the first two NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund scholarships will be unveiled. Two students who participated in “NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone” shall receive a four-year scholarship to any college or university in the United States. The money for that scholarship was raised by the annual Congressional Hockey Challenge, a charitable event that will continue with the 2013 edition on April 27 at the Verizon Center.

All in all, it sounds like the kind of work that could pay long-term dividends for the sport, whether recipients make it to the big time or not.

Here are the Congress members who will be on hand: Reps. Lee Terry, Pat Meehan, Mike Quigley, Brian Higgins, Erik Paulsen and Larry Bucshon. NBC reporter Luke Russert will be the moderator during the panel discussion.

  1. cameltoews - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Normally this doesn’t bother me but you wrote “Gongress”

  2. csilojohnson - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I wish we had a “Gongress”. Anything would be better then what we have now.

    • James O'Brien - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      Thanks folks, fixed now. And, yes, a Gongress would probably be pretty entertaining. At least a great way to cut down on filibustering …

  3. operwapitsai - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    go caps!

  4. mustbechris - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    I like this article because it has three of my favorite things in it: an NHL owner, Gary Bettman, and Congress. What a likeable group.

    Also, happy opposite day!

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